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    WW2 Uniforms (all branches/services)
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  1. Black painted ranks are most likely Korean War era. I have a black painted rank helmet as well, and it seems like the general consensus I’ve found is they are Korean War era. The paint on this helmet looks like that seen on a lot of Korean War helmets as well in my experience. I’m sure some black painted ranks existed in WW2, and without provenance it’s anyone’s guess, but this does sort of have that Korean War era look from my experience. Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Hey Leigh, That’s awesome! Those Marines deserve all the praise in the world for what they want through there. Unbelievable acts of courage and bravery, not to mention the hellish conditions they endured. It must have been an honor to have known such a brave man. I do recall his name in the book as well! Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Just finished "The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat" by Robert Drury and Tom Clavin. It was an interesting and entertaining read. The book is about Fox Company of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines which took the brunt of the attack by the Chinese at the Chosin Reservoir. Up next is "Just Cause: The Real Story of America's High-Tech Invasion of Panama" by Malcolm McConnell.
  4. Interesting! Not surprised this exact subject has been discussed on the forum 9 years ago already. I searched on the forum to see if I could come up with a thread but couldn't find one. I just wish there was an easier way to access older threads. Thinks for linking it though, nice read for sure. If only I could find a photo of Marines wearing stenciled M41 field jackets now! Hunt
  5. A couple more photos and links to similar jackets. Look like there were a lot of variation on these, some have just the EGA, some just the USMC, some are embroidered, most seem to be stenciled. Placement is not universal either. All of the ones below are all M65 Field Jackets, so this practice definitely looks like it started in the 1960's or 1970's. Looks like I just about answered my own question here. Would love to hear any additional comments though. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/usmc-m65-field-jacket-med-reg-1969 https://www.worth
  6. Okay well one more thing to add I stumbled upon just as I was looking on eBay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vietnam-War-US-Marine-Corps-Vintage-USMC-Military-Utility-Uniform-Coat-Jacket/265015547299?hash=item3db42855a3:g:5wsAAOSwWmhf9K2U The stencil on this is oriented in the exact same way as on the two jackets I have. If I had to guess, since I cannot find any evidence thus far of any stencils being oriented with the EGA on top in WW2-Korea, most likely these stencils would have to be from the 1960's onward unless any evidence can be found to show them being worn at an earli
  7. Here is the thread to the M41 I picked up a few years back. Some members thought it was non-military added and others thought it might have been something that was possibly military added. since I own this jacket, I've been keeping my eye out for these stencils, and like mentioned earlier I've seen it on at least one other M41 and now this M43.
  8. One more thing to mention is looks like he was never enlisted, so the good conduct ribbon would be an incorrect decoration for him to have on his uniform. Most likely added by a collector. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I wouldn’t be too sad about the wings breaking, looks like they and the ribbons are both post war additions and not original to the uniform (at least not when it was worn at the end of the war). Unless he stayed in longer than the end of WW2 those dimpled clutches are post war, and I’m guessing the ribbons were added post war either by the family, vet, or more likely, another collector. Still a nice named uniform though! Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Nope, Dave, that’s the answer I was looking for! Thanks! Just to repeat what you said so I know it’s clear: Jump boots: 12 eyelets regardless of size M1948 boots: 11 eyelets regardless of size That’s what I was looking for! Thanks a bunch! Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Here’s a new pickup that just got in today. USMC Stenciled M43 Field Jacket. I believe they might have put stencils on these and wore them in Korea, but I’m not positive and am still looking for photographic evidence. If anyone has any photographs of them being worn, please share. I have an M41 Field Jacket I got and posted on here about 4 years ago that had the exact same kind of stencil on it. The stencil is on the left breast pocket and shows some wear and fading. The jacket itself looks to be a WW2 produced M43 as it has no inner lining buttons, the tags are all washed out though. Has an
  12. is it possible these were used by italian military during WW2? Like by the half of italy that was under allied control. I know a lot of french divisions were armed in US gear in the latter half of WW2, but do not know if any similar italian formations existed. Hunt
  13. Sure that works too! Just curious as to what other uses the mountain rucksack had besides just use with the 10th mountain as I see enough of them that they seem to be common enough I figured they made much more then how many they needed for the 10th mountain, leading me to be piece they had other purpose then just with that division. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Hello, I was wondering early today what other units used the mountain rucksack that was standard issue for the 10th mountain division. They seem to be fairly common, and so I was wondering who else might of used them. Well, lo and behold I was reading the “Navy Landing Parties” thread and came across this photo that patches posted of Coast Guardsmen doing a landing on Greenland searching for German personnel. They are using the Mountain Rucksack in this photo as you can see. Anyways, anyone else know any other units/branches that used the the mountain rucksack? Feel free to post pi
  15. Those are what I’m thinking of I think. Did they ever come in a regular brown color? And to rephrase my other question, did all jump boots and m1948 boots always have 12 and 11 eyelets respectively? No matter the size? Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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