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I just picked up a really nice 42 dated Dispatch case and intend on using it for my MP impression. Does anyone know if they continued to be manufactured throughout war? I have seen only a few up close and they were khaki and dated 42. If so, were there color variants i.e. khaki, OD 7?

 

Also, mine has a really nice, intact grid. Are original maps hard to find? Are there serial numbers I should look for?

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This first case is the type used by Cavalry (Mounted) Units. It has extra straps used for securing to the saddle. I believe these were popular with dispatch riders on motorcycles as well. Note that it is dated 1941.

 

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This is the Navy style case. It is the same as the Army case except it has two snap hooks to secure the shoulder strap rather than the D Rings like the Army case. The Marine case is like the Navy case except for the markings.

 

Note this case is ID'ed to an officer in UDT. I have also shown the contents that were with the case when I got it.

 

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Mine is 1942 dated manufactured by DES MOINES GLOVE AND MFG. CO. It has the grid insert intact and in good condition.

 

I am very curious about the USN example you posted. Was this considered a rare variant? I am beginning to collect WWII USN militaria.

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  • 7 months later...

Standard M1938 Dispatch Case (Map Case) Army WW2 Issue. The mint one on the left is marked "HAV. STCH. CO. 1942".

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Rare "British Made for US" M1938 Map Case dated 1945.

 

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“There's not much I can tell you about this war. It's like all wars, I guess.The undertakers are winning.The politicians who talk about the glory of it.The old men who talk about the need of it.The soldiers, well, they just wanna go home.” Jimmy Stewart in Shenandoah

 

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US Army Map Roll identified to a 1st Cav. Div. Officer.

 

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“There's not much I can tell you about this war. It's like all wars, I guess.The undertakers are winning.The politicians who talk about the glory of it.The old men who talk about the need of it.The soldiers, well, they just wanna go home.” Jimmy Stewart in Shenandoah

 

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Mine is a Froelich 1951 but I have a doubt. Is the strap consistent with the case? I see too much script on it like Vietnam era stuff.

 

That's a "general purpose" strap so not the original. But it could be Korean War vintage. I own a couple of those GP straps with 1950-1951 dates and the markings look like what's on yours.

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