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USMC WWII "Frogskin" Covers - Rethinking The Norm


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Guys, what about this? Norman Hatch, Tarawa - Best, Bill K.

 

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That's pretty much my basis for the very late WWII production with little use during the war, but used much later. All opinions are welcome, good and bad. And it could all be thrown out the window with one good photo from 1943. But that would be great too, just looking for the best answers.

 

With so little info, by the looks it could be said that the no foliage slit cover was produced during the Korean War - but I'm not even going to stand on that limb at this time.

 

While covers with foliage slits can be seen used throughout the Korean war, I think most believe that the 1953 produced covers did not make it to Korea before the war ended, by the photos it would appear that the no foliage slit frogskin cover was quite possibly the most common USMC cover used during Korea. Opinions?

 

It would also help explain how so many no slit covers were in service and had the post Korean War EGA's applied.

 

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1958 shipping out to Cuba

 

Thanks for looking and all opinions welcome

 

Bill

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Pump 150 - In your photo in post #17, what about the marine grabbing the ammo belts off another marine? Also, what about the dead marine in the foreground? Both of the those photos look like they could be non-slit covers to me. Its seems you might have a photo tool that allows you to enlarge and focus more than I am able to.

 

Best,

 

Bill K.

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Also, guys, please check out the photo I posted in post #31 of Norman Hatch on Tarawa. Don't want it to get lost in the deluge of other photos - Again, looks like a no-slit to me?

 

Best,

 

Bill K.

WTB USMC NAMED GROUPINGS, WWI, WWII (ESPECIALLY 4TH MARINE DIVISION ITEMS) AND UNIS MARKED ITEMS, NAMED INFANTRY DIVISION 4 POCKET CLASS A JACKETS, ESPECIALLY 34th ID AND NAMED GROUPINGS, FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE ITEMS



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Nope, just a helmet nerd like me. HaHaHa

 

Bill, you could very well be right, stated that it is really hard to tell for sure in the photos of the early battles. Could different makers have made them at the same time - very possible. Just don't see them at all like later. It's just a theory, looking for answers if possible.

 

Driver, great photos, yep the slit covers were seen as well, but I was very surprised to see so many of the others. Another question looking for possible best guesses

 

Thanks or the comments

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Pump -

 

I guess I am not convinced that in WWII you might not see just as much of a mix of slit versus non slit covers as you do in the Korean War the only difference being just more and/or perhaps better photos in the Korean War? Think of it, the technology of photography had significantly advanced by the 1950s, in large part due to the experiences with the technology and its use in WWII. Secondly, the mere fact that the Korean War was an isolated conflict, unlike WWII which was world wide, meant every combat and news photographer in the world was in Korea, meaning more expansive coverage. This "theory" makes for a shift in the conversation away from which covers were worn when to a conversation about the efficacy of using photographic "evidence" as the main way of trying to prove our theories.

 

That said, fellas, keep the pics coming - Don't let me "kill" the spirit of the thread. :)

 

Best,

Bill

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Pump -

 

Question for you: In your original post you say that you are looking for one good, clear photo of a marine wearing a non slit cover early in the war and it seems we have all sort of taken it for granted that means Tarawa. Later you seem to shift and say that from what you can tell non-slit helmet covers don't seem to be worn with the same frequency in WWII as they were during the Korean War. Obviously, these are very different questions.

 

NOT trying to be a jerk at all, just trying to clarify to help focus our reasearch here. Are you looking for ANY evidence that non-slit covers were in fact EVER worn in WWII or evidence of the amount that they were worn in WWII? Or perhaps you are looking to determine BOTH cases? Were non-slit covers worn and, if so, when or to what frequency they were worn?

 

Very interesting thread -

 

Very best!

 

Bill K.

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Tried to blow up the image of the Tarawa Marine giving water to the kitten. Sure looks no slits

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Another from a book on Tarawa that appear to not have slits

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Iwo Marine. Appears to not have slits

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Cape Gloucester. Appears not to have slits.

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The Korea Marine images from the Duncan Douglas book were all 1950 that I posted previously.

 

2 no doubters on WW2 no slit covers. Both African American Marines on Iwo

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Almost forgot this guy. Scary how many books there are to look through when I really want to find something!

 

WW2 slits

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This photo has often been used as prof of EGA's on helmet covers during WWII. With these very clear photos its definitely not an EGA. Name marked on the cover? - I know off topic!

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Having fun hunting for photos. Wish this wasn't a two page image, but it's a no doubter again. Iwo photo. The helmet being worn on the left clearly has the slits. The other two clearly do not. As the lighting is such that the slits show clearly on the one helmet, I'm hard pressed to suggest you just can't see them on the other two.

 

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This is a no doubt it has slits from Tarawa

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Two from Peleliu. Definitely slits on the first. Doesn't appear to be any in the second.

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Found a clearer view of that Cape Gloucester Marine. Can't tell if what I marked is slits or wear and tear.

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Last one for tonight. I'm enjoying the hunt. Hope you don't mind the barrage of images. Don't know if they helped but I've had fun :)

 

Tinian Marine. Flaps out in back, and what appear to be slits in the cover.

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Hello Bill, No worries, if misunderstood then my mistake, was downsizing and posting like crazy Thanks for the heads up. Think your last sentence said it best.

 

As said at the beginning some feel that the "first model" no slit was made first and those with slits came later. If some feel that way then tried to show early photos that the spec written construction was made along side it also.

 

As for the good photo, I was thinking along the lines of those shown on Bougainville, Saipan, and Korea including those by Driver. There is little doubt about which is which there. Are there grey areas, you bet, I mentioned those on Bougainville, Tarawa, and Roi. The blow up of the marine on Roi I would not claim 100% either which way I leaned. But that's me.

 

As stated I'm looking for comments, opinions and good photos both ways in order to come to the best overall opinion of those interested in these. It was a theory based solely on confirmed photos as stated , I'm interested in hearing both sides.

 

While I do think they were made during WWII have never seen a good photo like those shown with slits throughout the war to say 100% "that's it". Looking for the "that's it" photos to prove it, looks like photos are coming in in droves. Very good, all photos and comments welcome, let me know how you guys feel on the matter.

 

Also forgot to mention my theory on why so many no slits seen post WWII.

 

With the upcoming invasion of mainland Japan the Marine Corps thought it would need thousands of marines in order to take the islands and ordered quantities of equipment needed including covers in order to supply the needs. The slits were deleted to save time and cost. Just a theory, but it has happened twice before during Desert Storm and GWOT. Thanks all

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Thanks for posting this thread Bill, and everyone else. This gives me an excuse to sit around all weekend watching WWII in HD. Will be hunting through the footage...!

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