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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 information? After many internet searches, I've come up empty. Maybe someone reading this has a pair of the boots in question that they can share. The attached photo is a famous image from 36th ID soldiers at Velletri, and the soldier in the foreground (Foley) with the M1903A4 is wearing a pair of modified service shoes like the ones I am trying to find more info on... Thanks, John
  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 near the chinstrap loops/bails. To me, this is different from the "standard" British 0.5-inch nets seen in the ETO. I will attach a few screenshots. Video source is here: https://youtu.be/6mxhEWfxfLo.
  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 made in the field - many of the knives described as "theater made" were actually made in the US during wartime by private individuals or groups out of scrap materials, specifically to support the war effort; shop made knives were especially popular during WWII. Of course, there are going to be individual cases of people restoring knives to use as tools, but there was a cottage industry in the US and overseas for making whole knives and making new scales/grips for existing knives during WWII. It was so widespread that engineers, Seabees, Navy machinists, etc. had to specifically turn men away because custom-made/altered knives were in such high demand. (Look at this photo from Frank Trzaska's website: http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/No_Knives2.jpg.JPG, for example. "No Knives Made") Also, there is ample photographic evidence of "theater" knives and sheaths in use during World War II in the PTO and ETO, as well as those knives running the gamut from completely made in theater to slight alterations to existing knives. As the assertion stands, it cannot be confirmed or denied. There were certainly knives that were made or altered after their use in military service, or made to look like "theater" knives. There are also outlandish claims made about the origin of the materials used for knives - though, sometimes those seemingly outlandish claims are true, such as from downed aircraft parts, etc. But, the record shows that the so-called "theater made" or "theater altered" knife existed and was used by soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines during World War II and other conflicts.
  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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