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#26 gingerbread

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 09:08 AM

New information about my assault vest. I don't remember if it's a Tweedie or a J. A. Shoe, it is in my parents home in Normandy. This assault vest was found in a attic in the town of Montebourg. In one of the pockets I found a medical bulletin with a name Captain Marsico. I never found anything about this captain.

Here two pictures, the assault vest when I found it in the attic and the medical bulletin with the name of the Captain Marsico.

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#27 David

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 05:40 PM

Figured I'd add one more vest to this thread. J.A. Shoe 1944 marked Medium. Overall quality of the vest, wouldn say mint, but it's a good example. These pics dont do it justice. They're from when I first received it 2yrs ago and made a quick sloppy attempt at a manaquin while moving. If any other pics would like to be requested, I'll have to see about pulling it out of display from the museum.

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Edited by David, 26 September 2007 - 05:41 PM.


#28 bfryar44

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 05:53 AM

David,

Nice "J.A. Shoe" vest you have there. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif Any chance you could post some detailed photos?

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 07:22 AM

David,

Nice "J.A. Shoe" vest you have there. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif Any chance you could post some detailed photos?

Thanks,
Bryan

I'll see about getting over to our museum around lunch to snag a couple quick ones.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:49 AM

Went by the museum, unfortunately they were busy and couldnt pull the vest out of the cabinet.

But I will have some tomorrow afternoon. Any thing specific any one wants?

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 05:53 AM

Awesome pictures, thank you for sharing fellas. I'd kill for one of those but i guess finding them is near impossible. How much do they usually sell for?
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#32 Johan Willaert

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 06:19 AM

Two tan Harian made jackets sold in 2006 for 3600$ and 4500$ respectively... That last one was on Ebay

Dark ones tend to be a bit more expensive...

Haven't seen any for sale in over a year...

Edited by Johan Willaert, 28 September 2007 - 06:20 AM.


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Posted 28 September 2007 - 07:04 AM

Whos says he's Glider Infantry?
Might be 8th IR/4th Div....


He is not a Glider nor a 8th Infantry Div

His name is Bill Shanklin from the 101St, but I dont remember the excact unit to which he belonged.
They are several other ( posed) pics of him
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#34 David

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 01:22 PM

Got over to the museum today to get some pics of my vest. Not the best, but I tried to work with what I had for a camera and area. Some pics make the material looks like it has waves or something, this is a photo screw up on my part. One correction I need to make is that it's a size Large, not medium like I had originally stated. I honestly havent got to look at it much the last couple of years, which is a shame. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/crying.gif

Front
http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/7852/img0079ei1.jpg

Upper front quick release strap
http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/1298/img0080vv0.jpg

Lower left pocket and grenade pocket with grenade tape. This is also in the right side also.
http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/707/img0081rv9.jpg

Right side shoulder quick release strap.
http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/8519/img0082ly5.jpg

Front bottom
http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/2152/img0083dl9.jpg

Front (angle)
http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/4962/img0084qd1.jpg

Edited by David, 28 September 2007 - 01:26 PM.


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Posted 28 September 2007 - 01:22 PM

Cont'd

Rear Upper Pack
http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/9589/img0085pk1.jpg

Rear Lower Pack
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/221/img0086bp6.jpg

Manufacturers stamp
http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/2879/img0088em8.jpg

Upper pack flap
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/2916/img0090bg8.jpg

Rear
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/2561/img0092nk5.jpg

Inside, upper portion of pack size marking (bad pic)
http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/3746/img0093ya5.jpg

Inside lower portion of pack size marking
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/2989/img0094vv5.jpg

Inside lower left waist pocket and waist area
http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/9596/img0095nh6.jpg

Inside lower of pack snaps. Left snap marked "scovill", other snap unmarked.
http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/3669/img0098mm5.jpg

Edited by David, 28 September 2007 - 01:24 PM.


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Posted 28 September 2007 - 04:42 PM

One correction I need to make is that it's a size Large, not medium like I had originally stated.


David,

I was wondering about that because I have yet to find a JA Shoe manufactured vest other than size large (with the exception of Johan's which is size small).

Great assault vest and thanks for posting the pictures. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

Bryan

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 04:52 PM

David,

I was wondering about that because I have yet to find a JA Shoe manufactured vest other than size large (with the exception of Johan's which is size small).

Great assault vest and thanks for posting the pictures. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

Bryan

Yeah, I just kinda sassumed medium off my memory since it fit me well and Im not the biggest guy in the book. :lol:

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 03:14 AM

Question:

What are the stupid little straps on the shoulders for? I've bought a repro one, and the straps on the shoulders seem totally pointless. Do they have any specific function, or were they put there, because they "might be useful"?

Thanks,

Jon

#39 Jeeper704

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 04:00 AM

I think they're to hold the straps or slings of rifles, binoculars, etc.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 06:01 PM

Question:

What are the stupid little straps on the shoulders for? I've bought a repro one, and the straps on the shoulders seem totally pointless. Do they have any specific function, or were they put there, because they "might be useful"?

Thanks,

Jon


I think they may have possibly used it to keep the straps from the M7 gas mask bag secure around the shoulders.
I have heard that most of the first assault wave troops (99% from one source) during the Normandy landings were wearing the Od#7 vests instead of the Khahki produced ones? Is there anyone who has any info on this?

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 01:25 PM

Found this today

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 02:40 PM

For s long time, there is one OD-7 vest for sale in the shop in St. Mére-Eglise, for 5000 Euros, don't you know if it is a original one?

Btw.- wonderfull pictures, I did not know that so many vests still exist..

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#43 Johan Willaert

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 02:35 AM

For s long time, there is one OD-7 vest for sale in the shop in St. Mére-Eglise, for 5000 Euros, don't you know if it is a original one?


If it's the same one I saw the last time I was in the shop, Yes, it is an original Tweedie made example.

At Ciney there was another JA Shoe for sale, again for 5K

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:16 PM

Here's a link for some interesting video of a soldier wearing an assault jacket http://www.criticalp...British-sailors. He appears at 2 min. in. Can't tell which unit he was with. Clip is of wounded troops being returned to England.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 11:24 PM

Great footage, thanks for the link...

You can also see some Rangers (marked helmets) as they walk up the ramp... and a GI with a British style Motorcycle helmet..

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 04:41 AM

Hello ,

I agree that's a good and interesting video !
Nice find .

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 10:41 AM

Thats an Excellent Video Link there and thanks for sharing it with us Very Impressive :thumbsup:

You can also see a Soldier on a stretcher from the 1st I.D Big Red One and 3 Soldiers from the
29th Div climbing off the Boat, along with 3 Visible 2nd Rangers Batt Soldiers wearing there Helmets on walking up the steps.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 03:43 PM

While I'm at it, here's another clip of Rangers boarding LCA's for their trip to the transports: http://www.criticalp...g-Craft-Assault. And one more: http://www.criticalp...g-Craft-Assault. Various units with assault jackets; the last segment may be 1st Division troops boarding APA45, the USS Henrico. Troops rescued from a foundering LCVP from APA33 USS Bayfield http://www.criticalp...l_ship-underway.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 04:00 PM

One more: Various assault troops boarding transports. Possibly 1st Infantry Div. troops. One (at 2 min. mark) may have an assault jacket with the pack removed. http://www.criticalp...way_combat-gear. Last one for now: 4th Infantry Division troops wearing assault jackets move inland; one carries a pole charge http://www.criticalp...-advance-inland

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 09:48 PM

My assault vest from Normandy (Montebourg).

http://img359.images...sautface7tk.jpg

http://img461.images...cotdroit5vd.jpg

http://img461.images...ssautdos6yr.jpg

http://img461.images...otgauche0zo.jpg


Very nice looking display!


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