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New information about my assault vest. I don't remember if it's a Tweedie or a J. A. Shoe, it is in my parents home in Normandy. This assault vest was found in a attic in the town of Montebourg. In one of the pockets I found a medical bulletin with a name Captain Marsico. I never found anything about this captain.

 

Here two pictures, the assault vest when I found it in the attic and the medical bulletin with the name of the Captain Marsico.

 

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My interest is all about the US paratroopers in Normandy and Southern France.

I like too the FSSF and his action in Southern France.

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Figured I'd add one more vest to this thread. J.A. Shoe 1944 marked Medium. Overall quality of the vest, wouldn say mint, but it's a good example. These pics dont do it justice. They're from when I first received it 2yrs ago and made a quick sloppy attempt at a manaquin while moving. If any other pics would like to be requested, I'll have to see about pulling it out of display from the museum.

 

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David,

 

Nice "J.A. Shoe" vest you have there. thumbsup.gif Any chance you could post some detailed photos?

 

Thanks,

Bryan

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Whos says he's Glider Infantry?

Might be 8th IR/4th Div....

 

He is not a Glider nor a 8th Infantry Div

 

His name is Bill Shanklin from the 101St, but I dont remember the excact unit to which he belonged.

They are several other ( posed) pics of him

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Got over to the museum today to get some pics of my vest. Not the best, but I tried to work with what I had for a camera and area. Some pics make the material looks like it has waves or something, this is a photo screw up on my part. One correction I need to make is that it's a size Large, not medium like I had originally stated. I honestly havent got to look at it much the last couple of years, which is a shame. crying.gif

 

Front

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Upper front quick release strap

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Lower left pocket and grenade pocket with grenade tape. This is also in the right side also.

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Right side shoulder quick release strap.

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Front bottom

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Front (angle)

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Rear Upper Pack

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Rear Lower Pack

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Manufacturers stamp

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Upper pack flap

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Rear

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Inside, upper portion of pack size marking (bad pic)

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Inside lower portion of pack size marking

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Inside lower left waist pocket and waist area

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Inside lower of pack snaps. Left snap marked "scovill", other snap unmarked.

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One correction I need to make is that it's a size Large, not medium like I had originally stated.

 

David,

 

I was wondering about that because I have yet to find a JA Shoe manufactured vest other than size large (with the exception of Johan's which is size small).

 

Great assault vest and thanks for posting the pictures. thumbsup.gif

 

Bryan

“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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David,

 

I was wondering about that because I have yet to find a JA Shoe manufactured vest other than size large (with the exception of Johan's which is size small).

 

Great assault vest and thanks for posting the pictures. thumbsup.gif

 

Bryan

Yeah, I just kinda sassumed medium off my memory since it fit me well and Im not the biggest guy in the book. :lol:

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Question:

 

What are the stupid little straps on the shoulders for? I've bought a repro one, and the straps on the shoulders seem totally pointless. Do they have any specific function, or were they put there, because they "might be useful"?

 

Thanks,

 

Jon

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Question:

 

What are the stupid little straps on the shoulders for? I've bought a repro one, and the straps on the shoulders seem totally pointless. Do they have any specific function, or were they put there, because they "might be useful"?

 

Thanks,

 

Jon

 

I think they may have possibly used it to keep the straps from the M7 gas mask bag secure around the shoulders.

I have heard that most of the first assault wave troops (99% from one source) during the Normandy landings were wearing the Od#7 vests instead of the Khahki produced ones? Is there anyone who has any info on this?

Looking for anything related to Army Ranger Battalions from World War II

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For s long time, there is one OD-7 vest for sale in the shop in St. Mére-Eglise, for 5000 Euros, don't you know if it is a original one?

 

Btw.- wonderfull pictures, I did not know that so many vests still exist..

 

Frankie

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For s long time, there is one OD-7 vest for sale in the shop in St. Mére-Eglise, for 5000 Euros, don't you know if it is a original one?

 

If it's the same one I saw the last time I was in the shop, Yes, it is an original Tweedie made example.

 

At Ciney there was another JA Shoe for sale, again for 5K

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Thats an Excellent Video Link there and thanks for sharing it with us Very Impressive :thumbsup:

 

You can also see a Soldier on a stretcher from the 1st I.D Big Red One and 3 Soldiers from the

29th Div climbing off the Boat, along with 3 Visible 2nd Rangers Batt Soldiers wearing there Helmets on walking up the steps.

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While I'm at it, here's another clip of Rangers boarding LCA's for their trip to the transports: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675067...g-Craft-Assault. And one more: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675067...g-Craft-Assault. Various units with assault jackets; the last segment may be 1st Division troops boarding APA45, the USS Henrico. Troops rescued from a foundering LCVP from APA33 USS Bayfield http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675046...l_ship-underway.

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One more: Various assault troops boarding transports. Possibly 1st Infantry Div. troops. One (at 2 min. mark) may have an assault jacket with the pack removed. http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675061...way_combat-gear. Last one for now: 4th Infantry Division troops wearing assault jackets move inland; one carries a pole charge http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675038...-advance-inland

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