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  1. Those are really great. Thanks for sharing. I guess the modification wasn't limited to the MTO.
  2. Hello all, I vaguely remember reading an article, post, website, etc. all about the alteration of Type II and Type III service shoes by Italian cobblers in Italy. There were even some photos included of Italians - and possibly GIs - working on boots. The specific modification was adding an extra piece of leather with eyelets or speed lacers to the top of the boot to eliminate the need leggings. I guess these were used by soldiers who had not yet received the "double buckle" combat boot. Can anyone help me find this info again or direct me to a different source with similar informati
  3. I know this thread is almost 10 years old. But, I know what these covers are: they are mosquito nets. I do not know how or when they go them, but they are a personal mosquito net, not intended to be worn over a helmet. The gentleman who runs the blog Foxhole Fashion did a write-up on these. Link to the blog: https://foxholefashion.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-anzio-helmet-cover-6615th-ranger-force/. His website provides something better than I could write in a forum post.
  4. Thanks very much. I had seen it before, but did not know what it was called or how to search for an example. - John
  5. A few more. EDIT: Sorry, for uploading the same photo twice. I picked the wrong on in the upload process.
  6. Hello all. I have been researching equipment, etc. of the 503rd PIR for the Sept. 1943 jump in Markham Valley / Nadzab. I found one high(er) quality film of the 503rd and the Australian artillery volunteers marshaling at the airfield with all of their kit. I have been trying to figure out exactly what kind of helmet net they are using. I assumed it was of Commonwealth/Australian origin, but I cannot find an Australian net like the one these paratroopers are wearing. It looks like the squares are offset, and the nets - in many, but not all cases - are bunched on both sides of the helmet ne
  7. Sorry for the long-winded post, but here it goes... It is well-documented that the so-called "theater made" handles/grip scales, as well as full "theater made" knives existed and were produced during World War II. Figuring out exactly when something was made is difficult, but I would assert that the "majority" - remember a majority is just 51% - of "theater made" or "theater altered" knives out there were probably done during wartime - whether that war is WWII, Korea, Vietnam, who is to say for sure? Also, keep in mind, the "theater made" terminology is somewhat a misnomer as not all were m
  8. Thanks very much for posting the picture of your original. I think my second attempt looks pretty close to your original. Thanks for looking at this old thread.
  9. EDIT: Sorry I posted the same pic twice. I tried to delete and reupload, but it did not work. I will add another pic below.
  10. Here are some shots of my updated MKIIIA1. I used an original cardboard tube in this example.
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