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  1. These seem to enter service in the 1920's and are replaced gradually about mid-war (WW2) though many remained in service through the war.
  2. I had what I purchased as a "Swedish Army" headlamp a few years ago that looked a LOT like that. The stock number on the headband isn't consistant in font or format to US gear either. I smell a rat, but not a tunnel rat !
  3. If you watch the 3 minute video about the history of "TEMPLE", it shows a crazy huge warehouse chocked full of surplus goods. I'd like to get turned loose in there for a few hours!
  4. I have some of the stars on a WW2 Olive Drab Wool. Are these for the same purpose? Would these just be worn while in ROTC or during periods of active regular service ? I'm assuming these were worn on the lower sleeve of the service jacket?
  5. I think it is really up to you. It is always best to use the equipment that you research to be correct to your impression, whether by photographic means, personal or written accounts, so on. I do know the M6 bag was used by some medics in the 36th ID. I in fact am a real medic and when I portray a medic as my WW2 impression I do carry my standard medics bag but also have a M6 with real medic gear in it in the event of an actual medical situation. I do that as the M6 bag is easier to work from unlike the standard medic bag where basically you must dump everything to get to what you need. So in
  6. Heres a few jeeps of the 36th ID.....note the bike on one.
  7. The one with the "M" serial seems legit, I'd have to examine it in person to say definatively. One the other, anytime I see something with that much "age" to it I get suspicious. I have several "straight from the veterans hands" brassards and several saw hard fighting and use in actual combat, none are even that close as far as soiling. Also the cross seems to come very close to the top and bottom seams of the band and that is something you don't generally see with actual issue U.S. brassards. I'd skip on that one.
  8. I'm with SHRAPNELDUDE, likely that bag was repurposed by the organization to hold unit gear. Oftentimes service member who were KIA/WIA had their field gear dumped back into the parent companies supply chain for re-issue that MAY have been what happened here. Usually though in Naval Services fashion that previous owners name is "struck" (marked out).
  9. From what I understand those are manufacterers marks relating to assembly and quality control of the carrier.
  10. I had a very similar USN (USN) marked padlock minus the key that I wanted keyed as it was locked to my Great Uncles wartime foot locker. Like an above poster stated a good "old school" locksmith can usually cut you a key. The guy I took it to established what sort of key blank to use pretty quickly but said he had a heck of a time getting the blank because it was specifically for a military pad lock and I guess there must be some sort of restrictions on the blanks. The padlock I had was certainly a very old one as it was my Great Uncles and he served from 1936-1946 in the Navy. It can be done
  11. You want pics of actual "in use" units or in general? Email me at docdean64@yahoo.com.
  12. None on my restored jeep look like that. I think it may be off a half track (interior).
  13. I'm a fan of the repro gear that AT THE FRONT produces. Hasn't steered me wrong yet.
  14. At least someone may get some use out of all those midget sized WW2 wools laying around. SEMPER FI and HOOOAH!
  15. UUUH, Yeah, "FULL AMERICAN CUT" ! The Dickies are close at first glance but really are quite different when you lay them up to actual WW2 pattern Khakis. Glad the review was helpful!
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