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GUDMAR1975

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  1. Those are the suspenders for the USMC M1967 load bearing equipment. The hooks and snaps correspond to a special butt pack. There is also a small haversack that was part of the system. The mini Davis buckles are quick releases. Marine Corps equips for amphibious operations. The design allows a Marine to quickly get out of is gear if he falls in the drink while climbing into a landing craft. This gear is well documented on the Forum. It was developed in the early 1970s, but never widely issued and consequently hard to find.
  2. The pack is an Army M-1945. They were used from the end of WWII until replaced by the M1956 series gear in the 1960s. The e-tool and cover were also from WWII. My Marine Corps reserve unit was still issuing wooden handled e-tools with covers like the one pictured c.1981-85! The green side-brown side cammie shelter half is US Marine Corps. I will leave it to others to date it. They were long gone before I enlisted in 1975. I've only seen photos of them. They are valued by collectors. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  3. These were the standard issue knife for Marines armed with the pistol: officers, staff NCOs, machine gunners, radiomen and the like. Riflemen received bayonets. We called the knives "kabars" even though -- as noted -- they were made by other companies. The painted number on the sheath is for armory accounting purposes. The knives and bayonets stayed in the armory for the most part unless needed for an exercise or operation. Kabars - made by Kabar - were available for private purchase at the PX or off base retailers. Some Marines would buy them and carry them in the field. Thes
  4. They look like the real thing and it mint condition.
  5. Looks like a reproduction of a WWII map case. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  6. That looks like a 1967 co tact number. So, it would be Vietnam Era. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  7. I remember seeing the mosquito net version occasionally when I was on active duty. I may have even had one issued later in the reserves at 2/25. That would have been circa1984. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  8. That is Hotel Battery. 13th Marines are Artillery. It is in the 4th Marine Division. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  9. That tags suggests a civilian reproduction not official issue. The green sateen cover with EGA decal is what I wore from 1975 until the cammie version came out in the early 1980s. We had camouflage utilities several years before we got the camouflage utility cover to match. We also wore white t-shirts under the cammie blouse during that period but that is another story. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  10. Copy - Thank you Gentlemen for your answers. Semper Fi - GudMar
  11. I recently acquired this bandolier of M1 carbine ammo with cardboard inserts and stripper clips. Is there a way to date it from the Lot # or other means? I pulled one round. It has WRA 52 stamped on the bottom. What does WRA mean? Thanks. Sent from my SM-N920T using Tapatalk
  12. Does anyone know if this nylon ammo bag was ever an issue item? I have never seen one before. I don't know whether it was in the supply system, something made by a filight equipment shop or for the surplus market. There is a stamp inside the top flap. It is too faded to read. I took some photos of the nylon bag next to one of my WWIi dated bags. They compare favorably in dimension and detail. The trim, D rings, stitching and clips all line up on both. The nylon version even has the inside sleeve along the side and the drainage hole on the bottom. The buckle on the nylon is the same type us
  13. That's what it looks like. The earliest ones have plastic snaps. Yours looks like it has metal snaps. Sgt Monroe has detailed information on the evolution of canteen covers and other 782 gear on this forum. Sent from my SM-N920T using Tapatalk
  14. I was issued a medium ALICE in 1977 at Camp Pendleton, California. Before that we only had the M1941 Marine Corps pack. We got the large ALICE pack when we went to cold weather training or some other extended missions. There were modest improvements over the years: better buckles and waist belts are two I recall. A woodland camouflage version appeared in the early.1990s, but only for the medium size. I retired in 2002. I heard of Mollie and CFP 90, but was never issued anything but ALICE. The Marine Corps has since developed and used a couple of different packs. Sent from my SM-N920T using
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