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  1. CAP. UTILITY COTTON, OG 107 TAP-1918 (Note the A.S.T.A.P.A. stamp at the bottom).
  2. The acronym "TAP" stands for "Textile & Apparel Procurement". The acronym was used by the Armed Services Textile and Apparel Procurement Agency (A.S.T.P.A.) during its short existence, June 18, 1952 to October 31, 1953. The Armed Services Textile and Apparel Procurement Agency (ASTAPA) 1952-53 History: Established by Department of Defense (DOD) directive 5154.4, June 18, 1952, under Munitions Board policy direction and Department of the Army management, to procure textiles, apparel, footwear, and related items for all services. Terminated, effective October 31, 1953, by directive 411
  3. %*#@!! BS!! The Marines that cut holes in WWII helmet covers, did so in the 1940's, during WWII. Ergo, Anton is NOT a US Marine and WWII ended in 1945! No one should ever, for any reason, to include fitting on a helmet, cut holes in an original WWII helmet cover! grrrrrrr!
  4. Anton, that is correct. My cover is a an original WWII first pattern that has a 1950's ega stenciled on the green side only while a 1960's ega from a heat transfer packet has been ironed onto a 2.5" x 2.5" square and sewn onto both the green and brown sides at opposite ends (I've attached a photo of the brown side of my cover). In the attached photo of the heat transfer, the ega/USMC section on the left is for the left breat pocket on the utility jacket while the smaller ega on the right is for the soft cover. Note that the pocket ega has a streaming banner in its beak while the cover ega
  5. This style of iron-on ega has been in use since the early 1960's. I was issued a package of these exact same iron-on egas in recruit training in 1972. While the sateen covers we were issued had the ega stenciled on - the utility blouse did not. We had to use the stencils to iron on the USMC/ega stencil on the left breast pocket of all sateen utility shirts. With regard to dating this ega, you can see this style on Gomer Pyle's cover and utility shirt in the attached photo (the show, Gomer Pyle USMC, ran from 1964 - 1969). One a final note, I have a USMC WWII first pattern helmet cover that
  6. Spot on observations and assessment Beezman. We are on the same page. For the record, there are a total of seven 4-digit contracts that are associated with leaf-pattern helmet covers that were produced with deepened flaps. Five of the contracts (7057, 7219, 8027, 8133 and 9196) bear the DPSC stamp. The seven contract stamps, as they appear on the covers, are: COVER, HELMET CAMOUFLAGE CONTRACT NO. 7057 8415-261-6833 100% COTTON DPSC, DIR. OF MFG. COVER, HELMET CAMOUFLAGE CONTRACT NO. 7219 8415-261-6833 100% COTTON DPSC, DIR. OF MFG. COVER, HELMET CAMOUFLAGE CONTRACT NO. 8027 8415-2
  7. I realize that this is a late response, but the fact of the matter is that Ingersol Products manufactured helmets with a heat stamp using both the letter "I" and the number "1" as a prefix. I don't know who "schooled" you otherwise, but the fact is that Ingersol manufactured shells use a heat stamp that is prefixed with a "1" and an "I". "Facts are stubborn things".
  8. Spot on! These are not USGI OD covers - these are Vietnamese copies of the US OD cover.
  9. In his book, Post-World War II M-1 Helmets – An Illustrated Study, Mark Reynosa clearly provides information that contradicts the assertion that "long flap" covers were not produced - or manufactured - until 1968 or later. Reynosa calls attention to two factors that deviate from the specification in the production of these covers during the period 1965 to 1967. The first deviation from the specification is that while the cover was to be made of cotton duck, quite a few were made of cotton twill. The second deviation from the specification is the "deepening" of the two side flaps. Reynosa writ
  10. Here are three photos showing this cover in use by Marines in Vietnam.
  11. The theory that "long flap covers, despite their contract numbers were actually produced in 1968-69" is completely erroneous. All Defense Supply Agency contract numbers issued during fiscal years 1968-1969, which ran from July 30, 1967 thru June 1, 1969, to include all contract numbers assigned for the manufacture of helmet covers, follow the format of DSA 100-68-C-XXXX and DSA 100-69-C-XXXX. The 4 "X"s reflect the 4 digit contract number assigned for the manufacture of that particular item. Your dating of the 8027 contract number to 1965 is spot on. All 4 digit contract numbers not pre
  12. There are no "P" stamped infantry chinstraps. Chinstraps with a "P" stamped buckle and connecting hardware are M1C (Parachutist) chinstraps that have had the webbing section that connects to the Type II liner cut off of the strap.
  13. Heat Stamp numbers in the format "M-XXX-A" were manufactured by McCord in the 1950's. The chinstraps had olive drab painted hardware. The McCord Corporation, Detroit, Michigan, was the sole manufacturer during the period 1951-1958. The McCord Heat Stamp is prefixed with the letter “M” followed by numbers. Chin Strap: Cotton webbing, Olive Drab Shade No. 7. The hardware was made of stamped steel painted light olive drab and included the T1 chin strap buckle and release.
  14. Justin, you can get an early contract neckband (DSA 1-4755 - July 1, 1964-June 30-1965) here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vietnam-War-Neck-Band-for-M1-Liner-Helmet-DSA-1-4755-MINT-/380635373212?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item589fa2de9c#ht_1921wt_932
  15. As you were. 1960's DSA contracted field gear was manufactured during a fiscal year that ran from July 1, 19XX to June 30, 19XX of the following year. DSA 1-XXXX contracted field equipment, to include helmets, liners, headbands, neckbands, etc. were manufactured between July 1, 1964 and June 30, 1965. DSA 100-XXXX contracted helmets, liners, covers, headbands and neckbands were manufactured between July 1, 1965 to June 30, 1966. The attached photo shows a TYPE II helmet liner that was manufactured in December 1965 via DSA 100-1916. DSA 100-67-C-XXXX contracted field equipment was manufactu
  16. DSA 100-6655 was manufactured between July 1, 1965 and June 30 1966.
  17. I realize that this post is a bit late, but here are a few observations relative to my collection of 30 Vietnam era Airborne / Paratrooper liner fittings. The TYPE II Firestone liner, dated 31 MAY 67, provides the best fit in a rear seam Vietnam era M1 helmet (this liner has a dark brown interior). The best fit for the TYPE II Marmac liner, dated 21 JULY 1967, is a WWII era M1 (this liner has a bright green interior).
  18. First Pattern = no buttonholes (no slits). Second Pattern = 16 buttonholes located in the upper circumference (8 slits per side). Third Pattern (September 1942) = 16 buttonholes in the upper circumference; 6 buttonholes on the flaps (1 buttonhole located on each of the 6 flaps) for a total of 22 buttonholes.
  19. The second variant shape in the photo above, green side, is also found on the brown side. The following photo shows this shape on the rear of a 1st pattern helmet cover featured in the book USMC Combat Infantry Equipment of World War II by Alex S. Tulkoff (see page 47)
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