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Hey All,

 

Working on my Soldiers personal items in my display accurate for June 5-1944 1944 what would be carried individually. Here is what is shown at least on display. Any other suggestions or additions?....

 

K-Ration Breakfast (Box and inner box only)

K-Ration Supper unopened

K-Ration Dinner Unopened

C Rat B-1

C Rat B-2

C Rat Bread unit

C Rat Biscuits

(Missing C ration main ie confection)? C Rat ""

D Ration X1

K R-Rat Breakfast - Fruit Bar

K R-Rat Coffee Instant 1 cup

P38 K-Rat Opener

K Rat Cigarettes

Watch 1X AES non magnetic PX purchase

Glass PX 1940s vintage

Dog tags 1943/44 para web for chain

New Testament (FDR) Edition

German Phrase Book

French Phrase Book

Coca Cola Paid for Notepad

Toilet Paper 1 Packet

Soap Army Issue

Soap Dish Army Issue

Solders Sew Sew Kit

Shaving Brush Issue

Barbosol W cream Overseas Special

Issue Shaving mirror and cover

Gem Shaving Git with razor attach and blades

Koylynos tooth powder

V Mail Envelope

Eisenhower SHAEF Letter original

Chesterfields overseas no tax armed forces

Independence matches

Personal (1940's) nude Picture

June 1944 Vargas Desk Top Calander sheet

M3 Trench Knife Imperial.

Imperial Pocket Knife

Prophylactic Kit.

 

What else do you guys think a Joe might have had... I think I covered the basics. And in my head I was thinking "What did I buy, what did I carry when I was deployed".

 

-Peg6

 

 

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Good Call on the money/currency, Need to find the francs that Eisenhower had issued that pissed of De Gaulle. Think it was like 10 or 20 francs per Soldier... Ganna try to to find maybe some 1943 or earlier Red Cross / Donated type cards like that Coca Cola Notebook. Something that a Soldier didn't have to buy. vintage playing cards shouldn't be to hard... I wouldn't know where to begin with a personal size camera from that 40s that an avg Joe would/could own and carry... Good Thoughts thank you!

 

Really nice display. What about the below?

 

Pen/Pencil

Camera

Playing Cards

Money/Currency

 

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Quartermaster

Depending on if your guy is a minimalist or a collector/hoarder/scrounge:

 

Flashlight (TL-122 - (A/B/C/D?)

Pair of period flashlight batteries (D size)

Sunglasses

Personal photos (from home - family, sweetheart, dog etc)

Pin Up photo (torn out of Yank or Stars & Stripes)

Spare socks

Spare underwear

GI handkerchief(s)

Louse powder

Foot powder

Candy (Charms, gum, Hershey (or other) candy bars)

Styptic stick

Comb

Small bottle aspirin (private purchase)

Lighter (Zippo or other)

Pair of dice

Yank and/or Stars & Stripes (current as possible)

Magazine or newspaper sent from home

Flask or small bottle of booze (locally acquired)

Pipe & tobacco, chewing tobacco or cigars depending on preference and availability

Box of home made cookies, cake, etc sent from home (box probably somewhat crushed & food items a bit stale)

 

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Well, wow... That's a nice looking set-up thank you for sharing! I'm going to add some of these to mine for sure, a Stars and Stripes late May (troops were on ships already or in embarkation areas by June 3rd, would expect S&S that a Soldier had to be a few days or a week old come the morning of 6 June. Styptic pencil good call, a Comb, some cards, and Francs. Really going for the on hand/haversack trying to represent more of the minimalist. Charms oh Charms... Still hate them and there is still an aura of unluckiness about them even today with them in our MREs.

Depending on if your guy is a minimalist or a collector/hoarder/scrounge:

 

Flashlight (TL-122 - (A/B/C/D?)

Pair of period flashlight batteries (D size)

Sunglasses

Personal photos (from home - family, sweetheart, dog etc)

Pin Up photo (torn out of Yank or Stars & Stripes)

Spare socks

Spare underwear

GI handkerchief(s)

Louse powder

Foot powder

Candy (Charms, gum, Hershey (or other) candy bars)

Styptic stick

Comb

Small bottle aspirin (private purchase)

Lighter (Zippo or other)

Pair of dice

Yank and/or Stars & Stripes (current as possible)

Magazine or newspaper sent from home

Flask or small bottle of booze (locally acquired)

Pipe & tobacco, chewing tobacco or cigars depending on preference and availability

Box of home made cookies, cake, etc sent from home (box probably somewhat crushed & food items a bit stale)

 

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GI's also carried and were issued US currency as a form of the yellow seal North Africa US notes $1 - $5 and $10 denominations these were only used overseas in Europe and are the precurser to the MPC script notes.

 

The South Pacific GI's used the brown seal Hawaii notes as their military payment script.

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Thanks Doyler! And Quartermaster. Okay with some revision and hunting. Added a few more items. I know I wasn't a packrat overseas. But these were all good little items.

 

Styptic Pencil,

1942 playing cards,

aspirin

June 1st Stars & Stripes

May 21st Issue Yank Magazine British issue

Esquire May edition

Medic Issue Ammonia bottle (I read soldiers would put Liquor in these little guys)

foot powder

louse powder

Was able to pickup a complete Breakfast K ration to replace the box I had

French Invasion currency

I also placed my SS helmet with the CIB, Glider ABN Badge, and Parachute badge with reichsfinnigs, and bravaria occupation money, all of which were my great uncles.

 

I removed the C-Rations because they were B-2 units from 1948-49. Nobody caught that but they are different from the C-rats in WWII apparently I was reading. I have a topic on whats it worth there.

 

I am going to post this all up as the whole display under the displays shortly. But I also spread it out over 3 shelves which allowed it all to flow better.

 

-Cheers.

 

-Peg6

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