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  1. I was given a pair of trousers marked "Trousers, Field, Hot-Dry, T-54-5 QMC Experimental" on a large label. There is a second small label next to this but unfortunately it is unreadable. They are a light tan colour with large bellows pockets on each leg, the right side one has a small pouch for a first aid packet. Does anyone know when they were trialed and if they were adopted. Are there any websites that describe experimental clothing or even give descriptions of the various combat uniforms used by the USA? I've looked here and on the web but have come up empty handed so far. So
  2. The Coles Notes version goes something like this. Early in 1943 Canada purchased approx 200,000 M1 helmets. They ended up being issued, mainly, to several units on the West Coast with others going to various units all across Canada - Home Guard etc. We finally adopted the M1 in 1960 and it was used in every configuration possible - fixed and swivel chin strap loops, wartime and post war liners and chin straps from the original khaki arrow buckle and hook to the T1 and Type 1 - up into the late 1990's when it was replaced by the CG634. You picked up a very nice liner with that one. Congrat
  3. Very nice to see the complete?? line of helmets used by the US. I once started with WWII Canadian stuff and now have around 20 M1's (most US manufacture) from WWII to end of use in the 1990's as used in Canada.
  4. It looks to be from late 1942 - October/November
  5. OK, gotta bite - what's a ZAP number? I'm thinking a personal identifer number or a helmet manufacturer number of some sort. Help out a lost Canadian. Thanks!
  6. Gentex Corp. used to have an excellent museum/reference page on their website. It disappeared a while ago but according to one of the company reps (about a year ago) it should be coming back, I really hope so as it covered all of their products from way back.
  7. The heat stamp number seems to indicate a manufacture date of mid to late 1944 (July/August 1944) Very nice addition to your collection as well.
  8. I know a British windproof smock doesn't quite fit into US equipment, but holy cow night vision on the camcorder WORKED!!! I now have a confirmed 1944 date. Thanks for the info and the help finding this thread again.
  9. Thanks for the help guys - that was the thread I was thinking of.
  10. Help Please!!! I can remember a thread about reading the "invisible" markings on webbing, nape straps etc using NVG's or IR but for the life of me can not find it again. Does anyone know where it is?? Thanks for the help. Eric
  11. Well with a bit of quick math I came up with 148,000 feet of wire (interesting coincidence) or just over 28 miles of wire. I don't know if this amount of wire would only be one order but it would be very interesting if some of the owners of M2 helmets could post the diameter of their chin strap loops so we could see what kind of variation we actually have.
  12. 37patt

    Body Armor!

    This is why I love this site - I found my booklet in its pocket and it's like new. Thank you for the info.
  13. Thanks very much for the reply patches. The lead on the book is also much appreciated. While I mainly collect Canadian militaria from the 1940's/1960's there is a lot of kit and equipment that we adopted from the States, M1 helmets being a big one of course but radio and field telephone items as well.
  14. Would the M1952 vest have been used in Korea or was it issued to late to make it into that war? I picked up one dated 24 June 1955 and would like to determine if Canada ever used them and if the used them in Korea specifically.
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