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HI Guys,

The Army's standard first aid kit carried in vehicles and in other locations during WWII was the 12 unit kit. Later the 24 unit kit was developed and issued. I discovered this kit years ago and was going to use it on my WWII Jeep, but it was too nice and original for that. Through the years, the tubes containing the "petrolatum" or petroleum Jelly leaked and darkened the contents, which is how I found it. I also removed the iodine swabs to avoid their leaking as well. But as you can see this is a very original kit.

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one of the petrolatum tubes showing how they shrunk and leaked

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Thanks, comments appreciated

Tom Bowers

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Gooday Tom

You have a very nice 1947, complete, made Kit, First-Aid 12 unit.

Thanks for showing the contents, you will notice the corflute cardboard is complete which most WW2 ones are missing.

There were only 2 makers post war for these kits.

Richard Green and A.E. Halperin.

There are manufacturing differences and font differences as well.

Although contents were made by a few other contractors.

The US Army rebuilt a lot of WW2 kits and they have a cheap typed instruction sheet and are dated as well most between 1950 to 1951...prep for the Korean war.

The stock numbers went;

no numbers,

ITEM NO. 9777300 (early 1944)

STOCK NO. 9777300 (june 1944)

STOCK NO. 9-221-200 (1947)

There was a short run of this shape tin for very early 1960's

The other thing to look for is mid war clips look like ()

Post war clips look like <>

Remember we are talking US Army issue kits.

Navy/ Marine kits are another subject.......

Yes I am working on a book and it looks like its going to be 3 volumes :w00t:

12 unit, 24 unit and gas kits.

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That's actually a Korean War first aid kit. The stock numbers give it away. A WW2 kit won't have dashes in between the numbers.

 

You know, I thought that the difference was that the Korean War boxes had the black outline caduseus and lettering, while the WWII boxes had the red and white lettering. Since nothing inside the kit is dated in any way, then Korean war it is.

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Tom Bowers

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Gooday Tom

You have a very nice 1947, complete, made Kit, First-Aid 12 unit.

Thanks for showing the contents, you will notice the corflute cardboard is complete which most WW2 ones are missing.

There were only 2 makers post war for these kits.

Richard Green and A.E. Halperin.

There are manufacturing differences and font differences as well.

Although contents were made by a few other contractors.

The US Army rebuilt a lot of WW2 kits and they have a cheap typed instruction sheet and are dated as well most between 1950 to 1951...prep for the Korean war.

The stock numbers went;

no numbers,

ITEM NO. 9777300 (early 1944)

STOCK NO. 9777300 (june 1944)

STOCK NO. 9-221-200 (1947)

There was a short run of this shape tin for very early 1960's

The other thing to look for is mid war clips look like ()

Post war clips look like <>

Remember we are talking US Army issue kits.

Navy/ Marine kits are another subject.......

Yes I am working on a book and it looks like its going to be 3 volumes :w00t:

12 unit, 24 unit and gas kits.

 

Thank you so much, I'm glad that there are dedicated collectors willing to share this kind of knowledge. Sounds like a heck of a book!

Tom Bowers

 

I wonder if the moderators can help alter the topic header to Korean War Army 12 unit first aid kit.Thanks mods

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Tom, It looks like our two kits are exact twins. Same company and exact same Control Number.

 

Bob

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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb, bastard die for his country" George Pattons speech to the Third Army.

 

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Tom, It looks like our two kits are exact twins. Same company and exact same Control Number.

 

Bob

 

That's fantastic! I love the fact that they're both complete. Its really hard to find them like this and this one just fell in my lap years ago.

Tom Bowers

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