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#1 hotlead

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 07:43 PM

What pack system did airborne guys use in Korea?

Did they use the M-1936 as in WWII, or was there a way to rig the M-1945 for airborne use?

I've been looknig, but my search-jitsu has been weak. Maybe some period pics, or even better would be a lay out :ermm: :pinch:

#2 doyler

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 08:46 PM

Mostly see the M45 type pack.Lots of pics of the 11th and the 187th wearing these rigged below the reserve chute.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:05 PM

Some images of 187th during Korea period with combat loads, hope they help:

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s302/tallerthanbetty/Korea/187THPIC1.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s302/tallerthanbetty/Korea/187THPIC3.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s302/tallerthanbetty/Korea/187THPIC5.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s302/tallerthanbetty/Korea/187THPIC6.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s302/tallerthanbetty/Korea/187THPIC7.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s302/tallerthanbetty/Korea/187THPIC8.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s302/tallerthanbetty/Korea/ParatroopersDeploySep1951.jpg

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s302/tallerthanbetty/Korea/187THPIC9.jpg

#4 Garandomatic

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:31 PM

That packboard looks COM-FORT-ABLE!

#5 hotlead

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 05:03 PM

Awesome!!! Thanks very much!!

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:07 PM

Does anyone know if the carrying of that pack board caused frequent injuries upon landing? Great photos, thanks.

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 05:26 AM

Note the lack of adequate M1C chinstraps, with Hankerchiefs being used in several images

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:56 AM

Does anyone know if the carrying of that pack board caused frequent injuries upon landing? Great photos, thanks.




Only if the soldier forgot to deploy the line...

As I understand it, the packboard was attached to a rope they were supposed to let go before landing. If they forgot to do this, which I doubt, I would suspect they were hurt.

Luis Ramos


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