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Post by Richard Anderson » 20 Feb 2024 04:02

You do realize your shift key works the opposite way you apparently think it does?
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Post by Carl Schwamberger » 20 Feb 2024 16:28

He usually gets the shift key right.

Some of the items in the photo are a bit familiar. circa 1974-1976 we still had the Aluminum canteens in inventory. Mixed in with newer plastic. Also some of the Cotton fabric belts and pouches along side the newer nylon or plastic stuff. The Machete was not common issue for us, but they were in the battalion/company kit in case they were needed. The M1911 pistol was of course issued until the mid 1980s when replaced by the 9mm Berreta pistol. Angle head lamp was plastic not metal in my day, but otherwise identical. Gloves were very common any time of year & still leather in those days. The knuckle duster knife was unknown, but I did carry my Grandfathers brass knuckles from circa 1900. They were actually lead, with a hardwood palm grip.

The fabric everything is laid out on is probably a Poncho or rain cape. iIs near identical size to what we were issued. We often carried a canvas shelter half, tho seldom used them.

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Post by LineDoggie » 20 Feb 2024 17:41

The Garand Enbloc clip pouches are rigger made for the 503/504PIR before North Africa, the unit was sent to the pacific and a remaining tail became the 509th PIB which jumped in Operation Torch

By the way the Original series of images show a M1903A1 Springfield fitted with a Grenade Launcher , as those silver tubes are for rifle grenades.

The M1 Rigger pouches are simply laid upon the M1923 mounted riflemans belt. Now a Normal riflemans belt held 10 8 shot enblocs, the rigger pouch was 5 per so 25 enblocs coud be carried in the same space. There were also similar Thompson pouches and locally (UK produced) all steel bayonet for their M1 Carbines
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Post by Dwight Pruitt » 28 Feb 2024 23:50

What he describes as a "basic penknife" is the M2 switchblade. They were issued to paratroops to cut tangled lines using only one hand. There was a small pocket on the M42 jacket for this knife.

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