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  1. M422A1

    USMC m43 !!!!

    Why can't I find stuff like that! Nice!
  2. I found a WWII bandage made in my hometown of Greenville, SC. Never knew they made them there. Now, whenever I see a bandage for sale, I check to see where it was made. I have found 5 or 6 so far and if the price is right, I buy them.
  3. When I was at P.I. for basic training in 1983, we were not given our EGA's for our Alpha's until we were forming up across the street from the parade deck right before graduation. We were hurrying to get them on before we marched across the street. I can imagine things were much crazier in 1942.
  4. Moderators, if this story does not meet the guidelines of this site, please delete it and you have my apologies. But it is true, it did happen and it was funny! My funny story happened at Parris Island when I was going through basic training. The squad bays are arranged with two rows of racks (one down each side) so when you get up in the morning you have two lines of recruits facing each other at attention to count off. You would be standing in your t-shirt & skivvies. The skivvies had a slit in the front with no button or snap to close it. One morning when we got up the guy directly across from me had a, well lets just say he was extremely aroused! And with that stupid slit in his skivvies, it was sticking out for all to see! One of the assistant Drill Instructors walked up to him and said, "Damn recruit, what in the hell were you dreaming about last night!" The Drill Instructor then got the recruit's cover (cap for you non-Marines) off of the corner of the rack and hung it on his manhood. As the Drill Instructor turned to walk back up to the head of the squad bay, he said, "Now don't let that cover hit the deck!"
  5. I almost didn't post the last picture but I am glad that I did. Without it, these pictures would not have been correctly identified.
  6. If the canteen is real U.S.G.I., there should be a date on the bottom.
  7. Okay, the place that I got the pictures from said they were Marine Raiders training. I guess that was wrong.
  8. Lots of great recommendations here, but I will say that "Goodbye Darkness" by William Manchester has to be one of the worse books that I have ever read. Just my opinion... I have mentioned it before here in the "Book Reports" section.
  9. Marine Raiders in training wearing the coveralls and camo helmet liners. One Marine is also wearing the canvas & rubber jungle boots.
  10. I have heard that, too. Never seen a picture either.
  11. The Marine Raiders tried them for awhile and decided they weren't practical. I guess the most famous picture of them being worn in combat by Marines is a picture of some cannon cockers wearing them but I forgot which island. I have the picture somewhere, maybe I can find it & post it.
  12. I didn't think it was good, but these repro's are getting closer. I wish these reenactment supply companies would mark all of their stuff with permanent ink or something.
  13. Also, it doesn't have the "folds" like you would normally see on the top.
  14. https://www.ebay.com/itm/WW2-Helmet-USMC-M1-Set-w-mint-cover-no-you-cant-buy-just-the-cover/174300094069?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 This cover is just not right. It has the same stitching on the beach side as a Blue Anchor cover but it does not have any slits. The pattern looks almost correct but maybe a little off. What do you guys think? Is this a new repro that I have not seen before?
  15. The only one I know of is Kamikaze by Yasuo Kuwahara and Gordon T. Allred. Not a soldier but a pilot...
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