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  1. Just for the record, this '17 was from the 15th AF out of southern climes. Markings on camo'd A/c of the 301st seemed to have been a white square with a black "Y". It was a rugged war coming from "sunny" Italy, too. The mission on which she was lost was probably part of "Big Week" against the German aircraft industry , of which Regensburg was an important part. Respectfully submitted, Bagman
  2. First of all, the guys pictured are clearly Marines. The time frame you estimated seems correct. No way I know to date it down to one year, but pre or very early WWII. Your question about the leggings is easy. They are wearing regular khaki trousers and leggings. The difference is that Marines did NOT blouse their trousers when wearing leggings. The technique used to get the appearance you see was that the individual would stand up, loosen his trouser belt a bit, and would allow his pants to drop down a little lower. The trouser legs were then wrapped tightly around the lower legs by grasping
  3. I concur with the other opinions above. The belt shown looks fine to me. Have never bought from this seller because he is generally too proud of his stuff and REFUSES to ever decrease his asking price no matter how many times he has to relist the same item. Respectfully submitted, Bagman
  4. I'm a bit rusty on VN era aircraft, but isn't that a C-123 Provider?? Respectfully submitted, Bagman
  5. I am 99.999% certain that your "roll throat" (sometimes called "p44" style) knapsack was made by BOYT. They definitely made the haversacks of this type that were marked in typical Boyt fashion, ie "USMC/BOYT/1944 or 1945" in three lines. For some unknown reason Boyt chose not to mark any accompanying knapsacks at all. I cannot remember ever having seen a knapsack of this pattern marked as being from Boyt. All seem to be as the one you show. Whether this was deliberate or just a manufacturing goof is anybody's guess. Respectfully "Bagman"
  6. Doyler is absolutely correct. This is a roll throat (sometimes referred to as a P44) M1941 USMC Haversack most likely dated 1952-1953. There should be an ink stamp with a rectangular outline that will say "Depot of Supplies, United States Marine Corps, 1952-1953" in three lines on the inside of the throat area. Respectfully submitted, Bagman
  7. Infantry Grunt- I can only address your question as it regards use of the pick mattock in Marine Corps infantry squads. After the Corps adopted the 4-man fire team as the basis of its infantry tactics, the proportion of PMs to shovels was one pick mattock per fire team to three shovels. So in a rifle squad of 13 men including three fire teams and the squad leader, there were OFFICIALLY 10 shovels and 3 PMs. What actually happened might have been at variance to official tactical dogma, however, if it was necessary to hack their way into coral as mentioned by Steve. Respectfully submitted,
  8. Schnicklfritz- Congrats on finding such a nice looking early upper bag. However, I respectfully submit that you have the nomenclature of the two bags reversed. The UPPER bag with shoulder straps is the "Haversack" and the lower bag with the coupling strap is the "Knapsack". Lower riveted buckle bags--KNAPSACKS--that use the same green canvas with distinctly yellow edge trim can be found, but they tend to be rather uncommon. The use of green dye or paint on the early bags in not at all uncommon. Some years ago, the guy at What Price Glory had a batch on riveted buckle/d-ring haversacks fo
  9. Glad the belt is what you were looking to obtain. That's a nice one! Bagman
  10. We-l-l-l-l-l....maybe. The buckle is the style used by the Marine Corps for many years. However, the width of the webbing on Marine belts was 1.375 INCHES (give or take a little). Army trouser belts were 1.25 inches wide (+ or - ). Suggest you measure. Respectfully submitted, Bagman
  11. I do not pretend to be an expert on this type of gear, but that chute harness looks like those seen on Navy carrier pilots in the mid-late WWII period. Chutes stayed in the aircraft bucket seats to avoid the possibility of an inadvertent deployment on a flight deck full of whirling props and stout 30 knot winds over the deck. Getting sucked or blown into a whirling prop could ruin you whole day! I have no idea about what such an item would be worth.... Respectfully submitted, Bagman
  12. Hi- I think I have seen you do this a couple of times before, and I would like to respectfully suggest that you might want to reconsider posting the item numbers of open items on eBay unless there is some serious doubt about the authenticity of the listed item. This has been discussed here before, and I think the consensus of opinion is that such well-intentioned acts can potentially result in some serious hard feelings. If YOU were watching a particular item, and, like we all do, were hoping (in vain!!!) that nobody else in the entire eBay universe was aware of the item being posted,
  13. Just for the record, the real "steal" here is that canteen cover. That insulated cover is of the type which followed when the Depot stopped making eagle snap covers around 1916-1917. Usage would have continued as long as the cover lasted, but manufacture for this type ceased by the 1918-1919 period in my semi-educated opinion. It was followed in production by the same cover with twelve additional rows of vertical stitching on the back (hook) side. That variation remained in production until the uninsulated covers began being produced in the 1941-42 period. Very nice acquisition. Congratula
  14. Here's a picture from the Schipperfabrik website of what they call the TYPE I USMC M1910 FAP: Their TYPE II pouch is marked identically. I know because I have one! I can assure you that you have a reproduction! Respectfully, Bagman
  15. Hi ArchangelDM- Sorry to report that the pouch is a reproduction made by Schipperfabrik. That's how they mark them. Go to their website and look under the "U.S.M.C." category. They have a pic of the markings they use. (www.schipperfabrik.com) Sorry to be the bearer of disappointing news. Better luck next time. Respectfully submitted, Bagman
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