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  1. As the "Savy" collector called out by 917601 above, I say Thank You!! The link provided by 917601 to a topic I started should give you a good understanding of these booby trap mechanisms. Make sure you go back to page 1 and read from the beginning to get the maximum amount of info about this subject. Being an Engineer really gave me an appreciation of these cleverly designed and deadly devices. Bob
  2. If the rubber is at fault here, you could immerse the the connectors into water hot enough to soften the rubber but not melt it. Then press connectors together and let cool. Maybe apply some Vaseline to parts first so they will release again when cool. I like this idea better because you are not removing material from the parts, just remolding them a bit.
  3. Something is keeping them from mating together, either the brass or rubber pieces. I would take a drill bit as close to the brass male pin diameter as possible and try to insert the blunt end of the bit into the female brass socket. Do both sockets and if the bit pushes in all the way on both then you have eliminated the brass parts as the problem in the connection. If the drill bit does not fit well in a socket then use some abrasive paper to remove any corrosion that may be inside the socket. The rubber parts may have become deformed, expanded, shrunk or malformed over time. I have seen prev
  4. Costa, That cap looks right as rain in my humble opinion. As an example to compare it to here are images from my mint cap. Notice the spec numbers between the caps are both P.Q.D 383. Bob
  5. I just watched the musette bag video and decided to do a test on slipping a collapsible tent pole unit into the loop. No way will the whole assemble fit inside the loop. I could only get one pole section to fit into the loop leaving the other two sections flapping free. I also don't like the way the pole unit overlaps the sides of the bag. I also tried the OD three section tent poles and I could only get two pole sections under the loop at the same time. They fit snug enough that they were held in place nicely, but what was done with the third pole? I am sorry but I just don't buy that tent po
  6. BTW. When I said "fits like a glove", the mags were snug enough to stay in the loop by themselves, yet could be quickly pulled out for immediate use without much effort. So what I would say as a perfect fit for this purpose. Bob
  7. So there I was reading this interesting topic with a lot of ideas presented, such as the bag being an officers item and an officer normally is armed with a pistol. I had my own idea that if I am an officer carrying a musette bag and I am also armed with an M1911 pistol, what might I need from my bag quickly at hand. After a bit of what if's, I thought how about a couple of extra loaded magazines for my pistol in an emergency. So I tried a test and in the image you see that two loaded magazines, side by side fit in the loop like a glove. I have no documentation or any other information to prove
  8. Peter, that is a great start!! I too love collecting the personal items that would have been carried/used by the average combat GI Joe during WWII. Bob.
  9. Thanks Peter. Here are a few more images of various razors also from my collection and three complete hygiene kits. Bob
  10. Here is an image from my collection showing Palmolive and Velodent tubes of shaving crème, among other things. Also included are mug shaving soaps from Williams. Bob
  11. Now I am confused here. My fuze is stamped M10A3, but has a spoon with the black paint on it showing it was "modified". I propose that the black paint does not mean a "modified" fuze specifically, but just gives a quick visual verification of a fuze with the newer delay time range. Fuzes prior to the M10A3 would have been modified and the spoon painted then, while the M10A3 fuze spoon would have been painted during the manufacture process, because no modification was necessary. Comments welcome on this. Bob
  12. In this topic it was requested for someone with an unmodified M10A3 grenade fuze to post images of it. Here are images of such a fuze from my collection that I hope you will find interesting. The spoon does have the black paint at the end, but as you can see some has chipped off over the years. Bob
  13. WWII soldiers were sometimes careless when attaching hand grenades to their equipment for carrying. The only way I can see an accident happening, as described, is if the soldier had the grenade tied by the neck to the pack strap, without also tying down the spoon at the same time. Then if the pin gets accidentally pulled, by being snagged on something, then the spoon will release and grenade will be primed and will explode. The design of the grenade requires the pin to be pulled out AND the spoon to pivot at least .5 inches, before the striker will release to hit the primer. Obviously, if
  14. Rob, on the back of the Eagle, cardboard sleeve is a C in a circle along with a 1936 date. I believe this is a copyright symbol and date for the printing on the sleeve. I am not sure when the pencils were actually made though, but odds are during the pre war or WW2 era. John, as always thanks for your comments and insight into this subject. Bob
  15. Rob, nice pencil grouping you have there! I am finding it very difficult to date the pencil types that I bought from looking on the web. The only pencils I actually did find that were dated to the WW2 era are the Titanic pencils with the plastic ferrules. The rest are still a mystery. Bob
  16. Siege, thanks for the insight about the "eraserless" pencils. The different styles of pencils in this grouping is truly confusing to me and any enlightenment is appreciated. Bob
  17. My wife and I generally attend an average of 10 estate/garage sales every week. Of course I am always looking for WW2 militaria to add to my collection, but the pickings are always slim to none. Well today that all changed, because the wooden pencil haul you see in the attached image was sitting on a table with some other office supplies at a local estate sale. Since I am always on the lookout for accessories and writing utensils for my mint map case, I zeroed in and tentatively identified some of the pencils were WW2 vintage. Particularly, the unpainted Titanic brand pencils, with the eraser
  18. nicolas75, here is an image of my packboard rope roll. The rope is 354 inches long which equals 29.5 feet and 1/4 inch wide. It appears to be standard cotton, braided rope, dyed an OD green color. I hope this helps. Bob
  19. Dustin, Here is another photo of my kit unpacked with for four different styles of Carlisle bandages. I will be keeping the OD metal tin with sulfanilamide inside the kit itself unless you feel one of the other is more appropriate. They are all contained in packaging with different materials. The cellophane covered bandage actually has the stock number 92060 printed on it as referenced in your E-5 specification paragraph. Bob
  20. Dustin, I have a number of mint Carlisle tins with sulfanilamide, so I can substitute one in as needed. Thanks for the info. Bob
  21. Roll is marked 1-inch x 5 yards, but no stock number. Dustin, it may be interesting to measure the pockets on any carriers you may have to compare to mine and the specifications. Bob
  22. Dustin, here are the roll markings. BTW. The rest of the cloth pockets all measure out exactly as specified in the diagram, so shrinkage should have been consistent on the entire carrier, if it happened. Bob
  23. Well since we are on the subject of jungle first aid kits, I have had this extremely strange carrier in my collection forever. It started life as a mint Davis Emergency Equipment carrier, but it has been modified sometime in its life to be a pouch like arrangement. In looking at the manufacture, a mint carrier had its sides trimmed, which also reduced the depth of most of the pockets. Then it was lightly sewn on the sides to make it into a pouch. Pockets 1 and 2 were cut off prior to this sewing. I believe that this "abortion" was done by one the Army Surplus dealers after WW2 to take a basica
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