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  1. Well done. I understand and appreciate the amount of work that goes into doing something like this. A personal preference, I appreciate and like reenactment photography that is left in full color with high resolution images available so details of the impression can be examined. Sometimes details are lost to B&W/Sepia toned images. Out of curiosity, have you been able to substantiate the use of the "hooked" M2A1 ammunition vest? I have not been able to confirm wartime usage yet, but there are always surprises left to be found. Mortars are one of my personal favorites -
  2. Here's the article. http://90thidpg.us/Research/Original/M3intheETO/index.html Thanks for the plug Johan. 15-20K is about normal going rate for a Guide Lamp M3 here in the US. Ithaca and GL M3A1's seem to go for 12-18 depending on what all is there.
  3. Outstanding. I'll have to try to locate a copy of #336. I'll review Disc 1 to see what all is going on there as well as reach out to Tyler to get his thoughts on it.
  4. 90th was given a number (around 10-12) M1A1's by Gen Ridgeway for Brig Gen John Devine's support of the 82nd by the 345th Field Artillery in the initial days after the invasion. The 90th worked along side and relieved elments of the 82nd during June. This is documented in Colby's War from the Ground Up. While I haven't identified the names and sub unit of the soldiers in that photo, I would be more confident in the possiblity that they are men of the 345th than simply attributing it to chance pickups. The other photo which I cannot locate at the moment is of 90th Field Artillery
  5. More 90th Division, 2nd Bn, 358th near Metzervisse, November 1944 Theres another 90th photo that I know of from July I think. Just cant find it at the moment.
  6. Dustin- OK. I interpreted the comment as the Stock Numbers being a late war thing - implying that earlier items did not have a stock number because they were not marked as such. In my haste to present an illustrated reply, I goofed by saying that the 5/2/42 illustrated item was pre war. I was looking at the pattern date rather than the contract date. When looking at other Ordnance canvas items to make like comparisons with the bag D90242, the D50268 Cover, Thompson Sub Machine Gun Cal 45 comes to mind. Original examples are marked in the same way as a D90242 and I cannot say I
  7. Attached below is a cut from the 1943 Quartermaster catalog illustrating the use of Stock Numbers. These stock numbers were in full use through all of WW2 as far as I know. Looking in the pocket of a pre-war Parsons jacket, as posted by ShrapnelDude, you'll find that pesky stock number. Ordnance DRAWING NUMBERS are a totally different subject and are marked differently than QM items. The magazine bag for the M3 sub machine gun is an Ordnance item as clearly identified by its D series drawing number and presence in Ordnance TM's and SNL's. Apples to Oranges. Her
  8. I've sent this thread over to Mike so he can see it for himself and publish an update. Chris-
  9. Hi Johan, Great case. Check out pages 27-29 of an article Mike Ellis wrote on the M3. http://90thidpg.us/Research/Original/M3intheETO/index.html Earliest documentation (in a manual) we found for its issue was in TM 9-759: TANK, MEDIUM, M4A3 September 1944. There are a couple of photos of the pouch in use in the article. I'm of the belief that the D series marked cases are WW2 and the 7 series cases are postwar. Chris-
  10. Umm... Type 1's cant be made from Type 3's. Type 3's can be cut down to Type 2's. The sling loop on type 2's and 3's is round wire, while the sling loop on Type 1's is sheet metal retained by a screw. I made up some push safties a while back, still have some. I think you'd have a hard time differentiating. Numrich currently has OK quality reproduction Type 1 bands for about $11.00. They also have reproduction inland marked flip sights for 25. Not bad at all. The flip sights wouldnt fool a collector, but are excellent for reenacting.
  11. There's some caveats to this. Read POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 111 - Restricting the Mailing of Replica or Inert Explosive Devices http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-06-01/html/2010-12887.htm Technically it has to go via registered mail and be marked per the regulation. While many folks have had no issues simply popping inert ord into a box and mailing it - it isnt in compliance with the regs. A call from and seizure by the postal inspectors is not something you want. You may be further ahead with UPS or a different carrier.
  12. This is all with the assumption that the intent was a Rifle Squad. What's more plausable based on what I see is a MG Section from the Weapons Platoon, with some guys from the HQ element - with the SMG and 03A4 being drawn from the Company Weapons Pool. Per the TO&E, there were 6 SMG's carried on the books, but not assigned to any position - for use as needed. Similarly wiith the 03A4, issued, but free to be allocated as the Company saw fit. It looks like fun to me.
  13. Why "gone too far"? Has this violated some kind of rule or law? I've never regarded Sportsmans Guide as any kind of reputable authority on the provenance of any militaria they were trying to sell. In fact, I believe that they deliberately name and describe items loosely so they can maximize sales to their target audience. It has been this way for the past 15-20 years in my observations. While they may get some bits of an items description correct, often key details are left out, and other "enhancements" applied. I believe their target audience to not be collectors, but th
  14. As a group we keep it to original equipment, albiet more than the front line joe would have had. There is plenty of it available at reasonable prices. Its important to know what was available and what the men at the front had - but I don't feel masochistic enough to only go to an event in Ohio/PA (fall/winter/spring) with a single blanket. I use a M1935 bedroll with a M1940 bag, adding blankets as needed. I've found the M1940 bag to be superior for my own comfort when compared to the M1944 bag. I havent acquired any of the WW2 vintage arctic bags to try out yet.
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