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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!

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Hi Rusty, time to open this vault again and encourage some more posts, here while I still technically own it is my unissued Woodmans Pal knife and all its accompanying pieces, I say technically still mine as it is part of an auction of my collection in two weeks time.

 

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Hi Rusty, time to open this vault again and encourage some more posts, here while I still technically own it is my unissued Woodmans Pal knife and all its accompanying pieces, I say technically still mine as it is part of an auction of my collection in two weeks time.

lewis.

 

 

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'Flage Guy

One of the hardest-to-find variants of the Marines' M1941 Pack- the early "D-ring" model made of forest-green canvas with bisquit-tan edge binding, which somehow avoided much usage and the washing machine, shown with a Canteen Cover made of the same materials which did see some action.

The attached Ammo Belt is a "BoyT -41-".

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Hi Rusty, time to open this vault again and encourage some more posts, here while I still technically own it is my unissued Woodmans Pal knife and all its accompanying pieces, I say technically still mine as it is part of an auction of my collection in two weeks time.

 

lewis.

 

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Hello Ken, great to see you!

 

That is by far the best example I have seen, thank you for sharing it.

 

Regards,

RC

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One of the hardest-to-find variants of the Marines' M1941 Pack- the early "D-ring" model made of forest-green canvas with bisquit-tan edge binding, which somehow avoided much usage and the washing machine, shown with a Canteen Cover made of the same materials which did see some action.

The attached Ammo Belt is a "BoyT -41-".

 

Very nice, the contrast and condition are excellent.

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Well, here is an item I have had for years from WWII that I believe is rare in any condition, but especially complete in unissued condition. It is a 1943 dated Latent Fingerprint kit with all contents unused and the ruler even still has the protective paper on it. The Ink stamps on the inside flap are U.S. FAUROT INC. Kit, FINGER PRINT LATENT 1943. I have never seen another one of these kits anywhere and haven't even seen a photo of one except on Page 88 of the QM 6 Quartermaster Supply Catalog of Chests, Kits, Outfits and Sets dated January 31st, 1944. I have included in this post a copy of that page. One of your more unusual pieces of "Field" gear that may pop out of the woodwork.

 

Bob

 

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I found this at a thrift store for $3... from what I read, there were only 130,000 of the HMCO knives delivered, the lowest amount manufactured during the war.

 

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I don’t think it’s necessarily rare but I also love my 1945 Callaway Mills canteen cover that didn’t get the front stitches that covers usually have. I just think it looks unique and pretty cool. 

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The Rooster

I wont post it but its my Poncho liner. That and black leather army gloves. And the green wool scarf.

Not Rare mind you but definately my favorites.

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My rarest piece I think. My WW1 U.S. Navy/U.S.M.C. first aid kit. Picked up at a local antiques mall a couple of months ago.

 

 

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Hi Rusty,  From the Shoebox . . . . . . .

 

this is my WWII mountain / ski troops spare fuel container, these are quite a rare WWII piece to find.  Somewhere in my files I have the patent plans for this can but they are AWOL at the moment.

 

I believe that there are post-war models which were slightly different in design.

 

regards lewis

 

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The Rooster

Complete, Mitchell Pattern U.S.M.C. 1953 Shelter half tent.

With tags stakes poles and ropes.

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