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Hi all,

 

 

Okay, we have a title and concept borrowed from the long-running uniform section favorite "Show your Rarest or Favorite Uniforms!" Apologies to Justin/CNY Militaria (the OP of the original Uniform thread) for the similarities, but as the saying goes 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". He had a good idea, and now it is time to try it in this section too - with a twist. :)

 

So all of you please feel free to post whatever your rarest/favorite (or both) pieces of field gear are. There are no limits to how many different items you can post, but I would ask that if possible, you post each item as it's own reply, rather than just take a photo of a pile of goodies. :DFeel free to also tell us why you happen to like the item you post, and what sets it apart from other similar items in your collection. In short, let us know why it is your favorite. B)

 

And for those who would like to see the 'original' "Show your Rarest or Favorite Uniforms" thread, see this link: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/804-show-your-rarest-or-favorite-uniforms/

 

 

Now, let's see some field gear!

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Early WWII USMC canteen cover. My Aunt found this one with an enamel canteen and a made in Japan belt at a garage sale for $5-10, if it had been more she wouldn't have bought it. The lady who sold it said it was her fathers and he was in the Army and got out of boot camp just at the end of the war, totally possible that all of it was true, just that it was his canteen he bought after WWII to go camping with.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Early WWII USMC lower pack (I forget if it is Haversack or what). Found it on eBay for $20 shipped as "surplus US army E11 bag" or something like that. Named and marked, if anybody has a lead on the name or knows what the markings mean I'd love to know!

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's one of my more interesting pieces,

 

USMC Haversack ID'D to Wilfred G. Amburgey of Baker Company, 2nd Raider Battalion. During the battle of Midway, he was one of the few raiders of Baker company to be sent over to Midway in the case of a Japanese counter attack. He participated in the Makin raid, the long patrol on Guadalcanal, and transferred to Easy company to take part in the battle of Bougainville. After transferring to D co, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines he took part in the battle of Iwo Jima and was wounded on D-Day via gunshot wound.

He passed in 2014.

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I guess this is the rarest piece of canvas around here- Marine Corps Demolition Bag.

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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The back of the Bag, showing the tie strips...

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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One of my very favorite pieces of 'flage field gear. Paramarine Jump Case for the M55 Reising Submachine Gun and the M1A1 Carbine.

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

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The underside of the Case, showing Belt loops and leg ties.

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Here's something I'd never seen before- a Pack with the main body made of both dark and light O.D. canvas.

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

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And here is an Ammo Belt that doesn't show up often; M1912 Mounted Rifle Belt.

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

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The underside; definitely a rugged piece of gear.

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

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This one was made in 1917...good grief, already a hundred years old...

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Ill share my two favorite ID'd canteen covers.

 

First is a UNIS marked P2 named to Cpl. Charles E. Flagle (1926-1976) who saw action on Iwo Jima.

 

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Next is another P2 that has been camouflaged, it is named to Ray W. Squires (1921-2015) who saw action on Okinawa

 

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Thanks for looking! Great thread!

 

-Steven

Collector of US Army/USMC M-1 helmets and Field-Gear from WWII.

@WWII_GI on Instagram https://instagram.com/wwii_gi/


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Hi everyone,

 

 

Great responses! Keep'em coming!

 

RC

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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