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  1. Do you have a photo of yours posted somewhere? I have been looking for something similar - cowboy-esqe with cartridge loops and open buckle?
  2. Can't remember which book it is now, but I remember reading a biography written by an ETO replacement. He talks about his first detail when he gets to Europe is go through a warehouse in France filled with baggage of casualties. They separated the issued clothing and equipment for return to circulation. Personal items were placed in a bags presumably for return to next of kin. Peter
  3. Doug - did you find any photos of the Buzzacotts oven? Just found a reference saying that companies were provided with "one army field oven, 'Buzzacotts'." Would love to see one of these things. Peter
  4. I'm not convinced that they weren't issued. I have never seen or heard of a navy quartermaster catalog that might shed some light, but something must exist. I did look at the 1940 and 1944 Bluejackets manual, neither one of which list a bag to stow gear with the list of issue clothing. The 1940 manual says "clothes are stowed in a bag which will be supplied". The 1944 manual says "given a sea bag in which to stow your clothes". So clearly something was issued to sailors. Both manuals talk about stowing the bags and bag inspections.
  5. As for the A/B bag designation, the A Bag is what travels with you. The B Bag you don't normally get until your destination. Its the same process as today only using duffle bags instead of barracks bags. Bag content was defined by orders, although individuals try to cram in extra step. Typically A bag would have an extra uniform, skivvies, socks, seasonal clothing, maybe an extra meal and toiletries. B bag might have additional uniform(s), alternate seasonal clothing, extra shoes/boots. Their are several first hand accounts of warehouses of unclaimed B bags in Europe between Normandy and end of war. Work parties would be organized to sort thru the unclaimed bags and put the clothing and articles back in circulation. You could imagine the personal items that might be found in these bags and knowing that each unclaimed bag represented a casualty.
  6. Great find! I'm still looking for one of the small bags and its insert to go along with my large bag. As for the X-2P, maybe some sort of unit level inventory or cage number. Looks like it started as a stencil then was finished by hand.
  7. Haversack, M-1928. Standard issue for Army troops during WW2.
  8. There is no agreement or clear history for this shovel, although it has been referred to as a 1905 or early 1910 shovel. Some folks believe these are post war surplus put-together shovels. Try these threads: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/305359-early-t-handle-shovel-m1910/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/290321-marked-wwi-era-shovel-and-cover/ http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40896-m1905-m1910-t-handle-shovel-1905-1943/ I have a couple in my collection.
  9. Nice find Buda, I'm envious I have several photos of the Wash Volunteers in PI, but none of them have high enough resolution to see any markings. As you mentioned, WN was definitely the common abbreviation for Washington, but it does look a little odd with the small N. I have an 1899 photo of a 1st Wash guy that shows a hat insignia that is crossed rifles with WASH in the bottom of the cross. I also have a 1905 era haversack that says WASH, again at the bottom of the cros. However, lacking any other evidence, I would not discount these pieces as being period correct. In case you didn't know, Company D was from Seattle. Will you be at OFM next month? I would love to be able to take a look at them. Peter
  10. Thanks for posting photos of those poles Tim. I was worried that my 1916 dated Spec 1136 poles didn't have pins at the top so I'm glad to that appears to be normal. Regarding the pins, wood pins are in the 1889 QM catalog and are the same thing in the 1940s QM catalogs. In WW1, there were also cast aluminum tent pins. Peter
  11. If you are not particularly set on military leggings, try googling free gaiter patterns. You can use your favorite fabric and tweak for your needs. Years ago you could buy a kit with all the pieces you need (that's what I did). Most of the gaiters I see now use velcro closure, but I like the zippers on mine.
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