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  1. Really nice find! Its a shame that someone would throw away something like that. Those unit insignia covers will be worth something someday. Happy to say I own one. Using for an OIF I 3rd ID impression I'm working on.
  2. The last three or so guys in the back of the boat have OD and tan helmet bands, but the 3rd guy from the left has the color in question. You can see the difference between the colors and how it's too light to be OD and too dark to be tan. The soldier on point. You can see the color of his helmet band clearly. That's what I have for now. If I find any more, I'll post them. Any help is appreciated. Not much info on helmet bands out there so hopefully someone can help. Like I said. Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. Maybe they aren't. Thanks.
  3. Since we started touching a bit on helmet bands in the late 90s early 2000s, I've got a question. So, I am currently putting together an OIF I 3rd Infantry Division impression. While looking through photos, I've noticed OD helmet bands and tan helmet bands. All normal. However, in some photos it seems there is another color. This color is a lighter and paler looking green. It almost resembles the helmet bands issued with helmets with UCP covers, despite UCP not being introduced until about 3 years later. Don't know if my eyes are fooling me, or if there actually was another color around. Again, the color is a pale greenish color almost resembling the ones used with UCP stuff. I will add pic and say who is wearing one. The soldier in the back Hes the only guy in this photo and you can see the odd color More photos coming. The color is more noticable in some of my other photos.
  4. Boy do I wish I could find something like this for the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. Great find! Lots of valuable info in there!
  5. Hello all! Were you in the 82nd AB (more specifically the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment) around the time of Desert Storm? Or do you know much about them in that era? I could use some help. I'm in the process of putting together a Desert Storm 2/325th AIR impression and was wondering if anybody on here could lend a helping hand as to the 325th's ALICE pack SOP. So, in a nutshell, what exactly did they carry in their rucks, and where was it kept in the ruck? Any help is greatly appreciated. I've been scouring the internet for months trying to find information. Even if you have any other information about the unit during DS you'd like to share, go for it! Thanks in advance!
  6. Thanks for the response! I'm not real big on Rothco and repro ALICE gear. I like original stuff, so this I did not know. The pouch that broke is original. It has a 1988 date.
  7. On a Gulf War US kick

  8. I have a question in regards to the material and weave difference on suspender attachment tabs on LC-1 M-16 mag pouches. I have two of these pouches on my Desert Storm impression. Recently, the suspender attachment tabs on the one broke (there is literally a tear straight through the tab and the eyelet remains on the suspender hook). Upon inspecting said suspender attachment tab, I noticed a difference between the one that broke and the one on the other pouch on my belt. The one that broke is made of a single layer of loose weave nylon (same weave pattern as on the LC-1 and 2 pistol belts, but much more loose), while the other one is made of a 3 layer folded piece of tightly woven nylon duck (much like on the rest of the pouch). I will include photos below. My Question: Was there a certain time when the change in materials and weaves on these tabs was carried out, or did it vary between manufacturers? Above: The unbroken tab. The material and weave is basically the same as the rest of the pouch construction. Above: The broken tab. As you can see, the material and weave pattern is sort of like on the belt, but it is a looser weave. I guess I'm on the lookout for a new pouch ?. Thanks in advance!
  9. Hello! Im currently on the lookout for any belongings named to Pvt. Harry. E Stevenson. By belongings, I mean any field gear, uniforms, personal items, etc. Harry Stevenson is my great grandfather. I'm very interested in his military service. He served in Detachment 6 of the 166th Signal Photographic Company (It says it down in my "signature"). I got in touch with a guy who specializes in the 166th SPC and he hooked me up with lots of service information and a few photos of him. Now I'm taking it to the next step and I'm looking for his belongings if they're out there. It would be awesome and would mean so much to me if I catcalls going something of his. If you have any WWII US field gear, uniforms, or personal items named to Pvt. (Or T/5 as that was his rank from September 25, 1945 to November 6, 1945) Harry E. Stevenson, please reply. I'll include more info on him below. Name: Harry E. Stevenson Hometown: Milton, Pennsylvania, USA ASN: 33 509 947 Birthday: October 21, 1917 Date of Entry into Service: May 29, 1943 Date of Separation from Service: November 6, 1945 Unit: Detachment 6, 166th SPC, 10th IR (I believe that's the regiment his Det. followed), 5th ID, 3rd Army If you need any more information, just ask. Thanks everybody!
  10. New video up on YouTube. Today, it's a WWII M-1928 Haversack packing tutorial! Check it out on my account, WWIIman1942! (8/27/18)

  11. These aren't as rare as some pieces that I'm sure a lot of us could list, but they're somewhat rare pieces. Pictured, are what look to be M-1938 Leggings. That is correct, they aren't any normal leggings. These are factory cut-down leggings. These were the Quartermaster's response to American soldier cutting down their issued leggings to be shorter, more comfortable versions of their original selves. You don't see them very often. I got them in a $20 lot I bought a few years back. BUT, it doesn't stop there. In fact, a mystery, if you will, surfaces. The stock number in my cut-down leggings appears to be 72-L-61889. According to Volume I of Government Issue: US Army ETO Collectors Guide, the stock number for factory cut downs is 71-L-61920/61929 and the stock number for normal M-1938 Leggings is 72-L-61883/61903. Those both are obviously not the stock number on my cut downs. Although I know what these are for the most part, any help on the stock number confusion would be greatly appreciated. The stamp on my cut-down leggings. The date, as you can see, is June 7, 1943 which seems kind of early for cut-down leggings. One of my cut-down leggings (right) compared to a full size M-1938 legging (left). As you can see, my cut-down leggings are the correct 3 inches shorter than full size leggings.
  12. Good to be back on USMF!

  13. Wondering what military gear I might get for my birthday in 11 days.

  14. I don't know if you know or not but that Vietnam War compass\field dressing pouch is part of the M-1956 gear series. None of the M-56 gear had a drainage hole. That started with the M-1967 series. I too collect WWII US Gear, but not near as large-scale as you. My brother collects Vietnam War US Gear. When he first started collecting and would ask me about something Vietnam, I would be all confused because I knew nothing about Vietnam War stuff. I don't blame you if you didn't know.
  15. Was it hard to get your units vehicles over to Europe (If they are owned by your unit).
  16. Was it hard to get your units vehicles over to Europe (If they are owned by your unit).
  17. You only have the PASGT vest cover. The real thing is very bulky and woodland camo, hence the need for a desert cover.
  18. Wish there was a Military Surplus Store in Muncy, PA.

  19. Wish there was a Military Surplus store in Munich, PA.

  20. Anyone know where I can get either an Army Dark Shade HBT Uniform or just trousers for under $20?
  21. Cool! I LOVE this section! I actually have one of those Militalic mirrors.
  22. Wow! That's my favorite section rights there! I'm very interested in WWII US Gear and uniforms. I don't know if you remember me or not, but last August I was the kid that came in to your place in the mall with my older brother, mom and grandmother. I bought a T Handle Shovel, Helmet headband, and face towel. Anyway I look forward to possibly coming to your new place this upcoming week. Like I said, I'm really interested in WWII US Gear and Uniforms, mostly Army. I look forward to stopping in. Bye!
  23. That's an awesome start for only one month. My first item was a helmet liner and at the time I was using all farb stuff in my impression. And that was after a couple months. I mean, I was like 11 but still. Now a couple years later, my WWII US Army impression is almost done.
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