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Holster, Assembly, Parachutist’s Rifle

 

aka Griswold Bag, used by paratroops to carry their rifle during the jump...

This is actually a USAAF item...

This is the first model of the second pattern....

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1st Pattern Enlisted Men's British Made ETO Jacket

Contrary to many other examples, this one's not lined and dated 1942.
The Protective Flap buttons up first after which the jacket is buttoned normally...
This is the pattern generally seen worn by men of the 29th Ranger Battalion...

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2nd Pattern Enlisted Men's British Made ETO Jacket

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This picture taken in Paris in 1944 shows both patterns in wear by 9th AAF Personnel.

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Someone asked me about the use of the (celluloid??) rain cover on the Service Cap.

Here's an original US Army Signal Corps Picture from my collection showing the cover in use.

03 July 1944

General Dwight D Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, congratulates the Officers of the 29th Division on their exellent work on the invasion front. On the left is Major General Charles H Gerhardt, Commanding General of the 29th. General Eisenhower made the visit somewhere in France.

Near St Clair sur Elle, France

 

Note the jump boots AND hat rain cover worn by IKE...

 

And of course the caption is wrong, as the General is Corlett, not Gerhardt....

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Hershey chocolate Bars

Does anyone know what period they are... Someone once told me the one marked R for Registered Trademark was post WW2...

 

Hi Johan,

The hershey with the red writing is the WW2 example, those with Blue writing are found in the post war survival ration tins......

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Here's the back of the above 29th picture...
The typed caption, barely visible on this scan is exactly as below

General Dwight D Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, congratulates the Officers of the 29th Division on their exellent work on the invasion front. On the left is Major General Charles H Gerhardt, Commanding General of the 29th. General Eisenhower made the visit somewhere in France.
Near St Clair sur Elle, France


Only reference to Corlett is what is written by the censor on the left in red ink

Gen CORLETT is passed but not as any particular Corp(sic) Commander

Never paid attention really, but yes, where's Gerhardt???

Kevin, Thanks for the heads up on the Hershey...

Johan

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Yannick,

 

Look at the picture on page 41 of 'The 29th a Short History of a Fighting Division'...

 

IMO the picture where Corlett decorates Gerhardt was taken at the same place on the same day...

There Corlett wears an M43 jacket, while above he has a tanker's jacket and Gerhardt has only wool shirt...

 

Very strange...

 

JOhan

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Not so strange Johan,

 

the period given in the book is not correct (I mean the photo should be taken after the capture of St Lô). The two photos were taken at separate days, yours is taken July 3rd at St Clair sur Elle, the other one with Corlett wearing a M-43 was taken June 20th at the 29th CP at a place called Mieux (just never made researches about that place!!) . Gerhardt is then awarded the Silver star medal for the fall of Isigny.

 

And: While looking carefully on photos, there is one little detail that we can't miss on Corlett's gear! Did you see it ;)

 

Yannick

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And: While looking carefully on photos, there is one little detail that we can't miss on Corlett's gear! Did you see it ;)


Well it's obvious Corlett wears the same rig on both occasions... I see a pistol belt with .45 in holster, a LTD compass pouch and FA pouch on the back... What am I missing???

Or are you referring to Gerhardt's M1912 MOUNTED Pistol Belt???

And interestingly the three Officers of the 29ID each have a different .45 Cal Magazine Pouch, all three visible top row on the picture below......
I think Gerhardt has a M1912 one, but could be the British made example..

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'I am Johan and I collect Shoes and Boots....'. :lol:

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If there was a discussion/help group for shoe addicts, I would probably be a member....

I have always had this thing about WW2 US Army footwear... There was a time I bought about every pair I encountered...
So below is an overview of different pairs in my collection... Not all are shown but those that are posted can serve as a reference...

Enjoy,

JOhan

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Shoes, Service, Conservation Sole

Illisible Marking

This Army shoe has a sole like the ones generally encountered on Navy/USMC boondockers, made out of reclaimed rubber.

From http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/WWII/shoe...d_the_army.htm

To the fullest extent possible, the Army has developed substitutes for leather to help ease the shortage. Some of these have proved as good as leather, and some are better. An example is the sole made of reclaimed rubber and used on service shoes and combat boots. This substitute wears far longer than leather. It is saving 30,000,000 pounds of sole leather a year.

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Shoes, Service, Reverse Upper, Composition Sole (no reinforcing rivets)

 

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Mfr: General Shoe Corp, Contract Date 28 Feb 1945 (!)

THE WW2 GI in the ETO Shoe....


Shoes, Service, Reverse Upper, Composition Sole (two reinforcing rivets)

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Mfr: Craddock Terry, Contract Date 30 Jun 1943

Similar to the above, but with a rivet on each side!

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Shoes, Service, Reverse Upper, Composition Sole (Toe Cap)

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Mfr: International Shoe Company, Contract Date illisible

Similar to the above, but with toe cap and two extra rivets on the rear near the top.

 

 

 

In an effort to lengthen the service life of the shoes, different types were made with hob nails or rivetted soles...

Hob Nail Shoes

1: Shoes, Service with added nails. This modification might have been applied in Britain...

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2: Shoes, Service, Hob-Nail, as shown in the 1943 QM-3 Catalog.

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Mfr: CA EATON Co, dated 15 July 1942


3: Shoes, Service, Reverse Upper, Hob Riveted, as shown in the 1943 QM-3 Catalog, to be issued to Overseas troops only

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British Made Officers' Field Boots

Since British Officers' boots were also russet brown, some US Officers bought their shoes from local dealers while stationed in Britain.
British EM wore black Ammo Boots.
The pair below were bought by a USAAF Lt in England (receipt of shoes below)

Mfr: Lotus, Contract Date 1944

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Boots, Jumper, Parachute

Many different manufacturers made Jump Boots during and shortly after WW2. Some were dated, some were not...
Jump Boots were not only worn by Paratroopers, but also by GI's of other special units like the 29th Provisional Ranger Bn, 5th Ranger Bn, Engineer Special Brigade units, etc...
Usually the maker's label is stitched in the right boot... Only dated boots encountered are those made by the International Shoe Company.

Mfr: Corcoran Shoe Company of Staughton, Massachusets

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