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  1. This 31 minute film popped up on my YouTube feed today. Seems very appropriate for the blog here. A jeep tour of the Operation Market Garden battlefield, given by a Dutch young lady and featuring the recently discussed movie "Theirs Is The Glory", with many "then-and-now" segments. I think you'll enjoy it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjt47jP8Wec
  2. The original caption states: "These Marines in fur-collared cold-weather gear stand on the chilly "Main Street" of their wooden-fronted and coke-and-coal-stove-heated Nissen hut encampment in Iceland. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 185054" I was incorrect in stating 1940, as they did not arrive in Iceland until July 1941. Sorry for the confusion.
  3. LT Robert Halperin (right), US Navy Scouts and Raiders, prior to D-Day:
  4. US Marines in Iceland, 1940, with the fabric shell jackets:
  5. Examples of the water proof type in use by 2nd NBB:
  6. Of the two coats pictured, the one on the left has an oil-cloth or rubberized type exterior and I've seen them in black, or a very dark shade of green. It was a Navy contract item and was intended for use aboard ships, where it can be seen in vintage photos, used as a waterproof foul weather garment. It also appears at Normandy, in use by Navy beach battalions. The jacket on the right has a fabric exterior, brown in color and is not water proof. It is a commercial item that was procured by the Navy. Both were sheep skin lined and featured leather re-enforcements around the pockets. The commerc
  7. A very enjoyable film. If you can't find it elsewhere, it's free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7Vh1fnG7Fg
  8. If you haven't seen the film "Theirs Is The Glory" from 1946, they used real vehicles, including a MkV Panther, and it was filmed on location. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiFeYxlPYy4
  9. A couple of points. The example you give as having a "purple hue" is not even a WW2 uniform. The label inside shows it's from 1967. To my eyes anyway, the other photos in that Etsy listing don't appear purple at all. Again, it's a question of digital photographs, the lighting they were taken in and the monitor you are viewing the image on. Here's what that image looks like when it is corrected (see below). The bottom line is, the vast majority of WW2 sailors weren't running around in "purple hue" sets of blues, even if you recall seeing some in the recent past. 75 year old fabric, subject to u
  10. Dave has addressed your question correctly. Blues could be issued, or tailor made, allowing for subtle differences in the shade and appearance of the uniform. In most cases, a superior fabric was used on the tailor made examples. It would seem very probable that the blues worn by the movie stars were tailor made. You also have to consider the fact that the original film was shot 75 years ago and you are viewing it currently in digital form so there may be variations in the colors you see on your monitor, versus what the fabric actually looked like in 1945 when "in hand".
  11. Okay, I'll be "Captain Obvious". One thing to remember when you are watching these films is that the actors are wearing costumes. In many cases they will be period-correct, but these are not real service men wearing issued uniforms and subject to military regulations, this is only Hollywood, even if the film has a "military advisor" on set.
  12. I agree. I was working from memory (a bad idea). The M1928 haversack (not M1923 as I previously misstated) had two rear straps for connection to the cartridge belt, not the single strap on the M1910 model, which yours clearly has. Thanks for the correction!
  13. Yes, I do believe it is period done and I have seen, and owned, similar examples in the past. Large quantities of web field gear, that was originally khaki in color, were vat-dyed to approximate the dark OD shade adopted in 1943. You will find on these vat-dyed items, in most cases, that the black finish on the metal parts has been removed by the dye process.
  14. You have an M1923 haversack that has been over-dyed for better camouflage. The stencil attributes it to the Headquarters & Service Company of the 103rd Engineer Battalion, which was part of the 28th Infantry Division in WW2. They served in the ETO. You can find their history online.
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