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Nice stuff mate :D ,

 

Can you give us a idea what stations would have used them,I see the first one with landing craft personel etc but who would us the back pack type? and are these general issue throught all theaters of operation?.

 

Cheers,

 

Dave.

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Nice stuff mate :D ,

 

Can you give us a idea what stations would have used them,I see the first one with landing craft personel etc but who would us the back pack type? and are these general issue throught all theaters of operation?.

 

Cheers,

 

Dave.

Dave, the navy refers to it as the KNAPSACK TYPE in peroid publications.The purpose of this stlye is it can fold it over onto your back so it does not interfere with ones duties on deck etc..It is a seldom seen kapok but it does show up in pictures here and there.Other than life belts used by the navy these kapoks are used in all theatres but i have only seen pictures of the knapsack type in the PTO.I was fortunate to turn up a detailed article on kapok life preservers in an air sea recue bulletin which helped explain alot that is how I know the last two vests shown were of USCG origin.

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Did you guys see the "big collar" kapok vest that just sold on eBay for over $500? Yipes!! I have been trying to get one of those for years, but not at that ridiculous a price!

 

There was also a "knapsack type" sold by the same party. It went reasonably. Unfortunately, I had never seen that type till I saw Dustin's posting here, so I didn't bid on it as I didn't know what it was. C'Est La Guerre!!

 

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Alan, nice addition! from what I understand there about nine different variants of the kapok life vest and the one you posted are seen often in D-Day photo's.

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Alan, nice addition! from what I understand there about nine different variants of the kapok life vest and the one you posted are seen often in D-Day photo's.

Hi Dustin,

 

Thank you for your comments.

 

I am putting together mannequins for a small museum in Normandy. Would you please be able to send me a known good D Day image of my type of kapok being worn? The kapok will be displayed as shown, so if the image could be as close to the display as possible and I will enlarge the image and put it along side the mannequin.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Cheers

 

Allan

 

allan@bryson152.fsnet.co.uk

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Heres some for you to have a look at..taken from spearheading D-Day.I like the first pic my self,that would be quite easy to do as a display..

 

Dave.

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Are there any military markings such as contract numbers or acceptance marks to look for? I have seen these at antique shops before, but they never have a USN contract number.

 

Also, on the examples shown, with the exception of the USMC, I don't see a USN stencil. Are they marked?

 

Interesting new area for me. Thanks for posting!

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Are there any military markings such as contract numbers or acceptance marks to look for? I have seen these at antique shops before, but they never have a USN contract number.

 

Also, on the examples shown, with the exception of the USMC, I don't see a USN stencil. Are they marked?

 

Interesting new area for me. Thanks for posting!

Beast, if you note on the data labels on first two vests pictured there are red anchor acceptence stamps for the USN.The other vests all will be marked coast guard approved either ADULT size 1,2 etc.. or STYLE MY USCG vests pictured has those markings but are very faint and would not photo the other one is the same the goo from the fire retardant collects dirt.

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QUOTE(Allan B @ Feb 19 2007, 03:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Hi Dustin,

 

Thank you for your comments.

 

I am putting together mannequins for a small museum in Normandy. Would you please be able to send me a known good D Day image of my type of kapok being worn? The kapok will be displayed as shown, so if the image could be as close to the display as possible and I will enlarge the image and put it along side the mannequin.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Cheers

 

Allan

 

allan@bryson152.fsnet.co.uk

Allan,I do not keep a strong picture database, are you sure there are not any in spearheading D-day? I will see what I can come up with.

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B)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Allan B @ Feb 19 2007, 03:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->

Hi Dustin,

 

Thank you for your comments.

 

I am putting together mannequins for a small museum in Normandy. Would you please be able to send me a known good D Day image of my type of kapok being worn? The kapok will be displayed as shown, so if the image could be as close to the display as possible and I will enlarge the image and put it along side the mannequin.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Cheers

 

Allan

 

allan@bryson152.fsnet.co.uk

 

Allan,I do not keep a strong picture database, are you sure there are not any in spearheading D-day? I will see what I can come up with.

 

The pictures i posted are out of "spearheading D-Day" there are at least 10 to 20 pictures in there!!

 

Dave.

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The pictures i posted are out of "spearheading D-Day" there are at least 10 to 20 pictures in there!!

 

Dave.

Dave I believe Allan was asking for a photo of the particular style of vest he had posted.I know I have seen it dozens of times before but never take the time to save those photos.

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Hi Dustin & Dave,

 

I have looked through Spearheading D-Day and can't find the one I have. Any ideas where to look please?

 

Cheers

 

Allan

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QUOTE(Allan B @ Feb 19 2007, 05:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Hi Dustin & Dave,

 

I have looked through Spearheading D-Day and can't find the one I have. Any ideas where to look please?

 

Cheers

 

Allan

Allan , one will be surprised were good pictures turn up, I often visit used book stores and thumb through pictorials and such and libraries.Atleast there is one good pucture in each.Only once have I bought a book for one picture.

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here is a good picture of the knapsack type in action.The fella in khakis,marine? and 03 is wearing one and the fella to the left facing camera is wearing one same with several others

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