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#1 tsellati

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 08:57 AM

...arrived recently so I thought I would share some pictures. I also am soliciting some advice on how to proceed.

First, is a well-used M56 first aid kit -

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/firstaidkitfront.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/firstaidkitback.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/firstaidkitcontents.jpg

And here are a few pictures of the M56 pistol belt to which the first aid kit was attached (now adorned with a few other items I have picked up along the way) -

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M56beltfront.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M56beltback.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M56beltUS.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M56belthardware.jpg

#2 tsellati

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 09:09 AM

I also received an M69 canteen (which was the vet's last issued canteen before he returned home) an a Davis quick-release M69 belt from the same Vietnam vet (via his friend who had this gear for the last 10 years).

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69canteenfront.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69canteenback.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69canteencovermarkings.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69canteenmarkings.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69canteenholder.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69canteenholderLFC.jpg

This canteen had come attached to the M56 belt, but, I transferred it to the M69 belt -

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69beltfront.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69beltback.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69beltUS.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/Webgear/M69beltmarkings.jpg

So now, here is the question. Should I sell or trade the M69 gear towards the remaining gear I need for my M56 rig? Also, speaking of the M56 rig, how far should I go to complete the rig? If I do not have a way to display the rig then what is the sense of getting the shoulder harness part, etc.? If I were to just stick with the belt, what other items should I consider adding? I'd love to see photos of your decked-out M56 pistol belts.

Then again, I do have a mannequin (currently sporting a WWII 8th Army Ike jacket display that I could commit to setting up a Vietnam War uniform display.

Do you guys have some Vietnam War uniform/gear displays that might cause me to lean one way or the other? If so, please share some pictures.

Tim

Edited by tsellati, 20 November 2010 - 09:11 AM.


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Posted 20 November 2010 - 09:16 AM

Hey Tim,

Progress is looking really good! Especially the 56 gear, you've picked up some nice items there.

As far as the M69 gear goes, that's your choice as to whether you want to focus all your attention on your M56 set-up or have 2 on the go at the same time. If you're looking to trade your davis quick release belt, I've got a spare set of M56 suspenders and small arms pouch if you'd be interested, if not no worries.

Check out the 'Displays' thread for some incredible Vietnam displays; Kammo-man's and Paul Miraldi's should be enough to get you started! (although I would warn you, once you've taken a look you will have been thoroughly bitten by the camo/Vietnam bug!)

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 10:19 AM

Note: the nylon Modernized Load-Carrying Equipment is actually M-1967, not 69. It was rarely, if ever issued and worn as a complete set, but rather individual components were issued as they came available and worn mixed in with the cotton M-1956 gear. So, having some of each and having them mixed together would actually be pretty typical for the last couple of years of the Vietnam War.

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 11:48 AM

Note: the nylon Modernized Load-Carrying Equipment is actually M-1967, not 69. It was rarely, if ever issued and worn as a complete set, but rather individual components were issued as they came available and worn mixed in with the cotton M-1956 gear. So, having some of each and having them mixed together would actually be pretty typical for the last couple of years of the Vietnam War.


Of course it's 67. D'oh!

Quite right B229, often seen mixed during the later stages of the war.

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 01:25 PM

Hey Tim,

Progress is looking really good! Especially the 56 gear, you've picked up some nice items there.

As far as the M69 gear goes, that's your choice as to whether you want to focus all your attention on your M56 set-up or have 2 on the go at the same time. If you're looking to trade your davis quick release belt, I've got a spare set of M56 suspenders and small arms pouch if you'd be interested, if not no worries.

Check out the 'Displays' thread for some incredible Vietnam displays; Kammo-man's and Paul Miraldi's should be enough to get you started! (although I would warn you, once you've taken a look you will have been thoroughly bitten by the camo/Vietnam bug!)


Thanks for the compliment and the offer of trade. I sent you a PM regarding a trade.

Tim


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