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USMC 782 gear

Article about: I've been working on this for a while. It's grey and rainy outside, so a good day to post this. poncho, even with a magnifying glass I can't make out if it says U.S.N or U.S.M. The way the r

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    Default USMC 782 gear/M1941 pack system

    I've been working on this for a while. It's grey and rainy outside, so a good day to post this.

    poncho, even with a magnifying glass I can't make out if it says U.S.N or U.S.M. The way the rest of the stamp is so bold, I don't think the C. would have rubbed off.

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    The M1941 pack, this is the 4th pattern pack, it rolls over to close the top, unlike the first 3 patterns that used a flap and 2 tie straps. From a lot of the reading I've found, this style was made during the war, but was never received by any Marines in theatre before the war ended. This style was used all the way up to and into the Vietnam war.

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    The green one of these 2 is from Vietnam I believe, it's not khaki like the others I have seen. I know the color did change to OD by then. I used the green one in my display only because the hook of the pigtail was still present.

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    This is the haversack (bottom bag) and knapsack (top bag) top and bottom as they would have been worn.

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    the inflatable waist belt, made by B.F. Goodrich
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    canteens and covers, 3rd type of cover. and enamel canteen
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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    And now to start assembling it all. I started this display because my dad would have been wearing/carrying this when he landed on Iwo Jima.

    ok, first we lay out the dismounted ammo belt and attach the suspenders (braces)
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    then we slide the haversack onto the suspenders(braces)

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    then the straps of the knapsack are laid out and the pigtail attached to the belt
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    the straps are run through the rings on the suspenders(braces) and looped back and up under the retainers on the shoulder straps

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    the straps are then run over the top of the knapsack and attached to the clips of the suspenders(braces) across the front of the pack

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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Very nice items there mate, it does look like the stamp says USN!.....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    and attachments they carried their bayonet, e-tool, or hatchet, and bed roll on the outside. I use empty plastic milk bottle to give the pack bulk and keep it light, but the webbing itself is so heavy, I might have to display the packs another way.

    Straps to secure the bed roll to the pack system, I still need 2 more of these
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    straps to keep the bed roll from unraveling
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    bayonet, e-tool and almost finished
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    jungle first aid kit with carlysle attached

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    Best
    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Thanks Paul, another set of eyes always helps. It was fun putting it together and finding all the pieces. I just need a couple more from the time period and it should be good to go.
    Best
    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Now all you need is a decent K Bar or a big bolo knife to strap to the pack This WWII 782 gear was indeed issued into the 70's Very heavy when wet and slow to dry

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    Fantastic USMC field gear and all in wonderful condition too,you have done a great job acquiring all these items,they look great,I wish I had the room for it,thanks for sharing................
    With Regards Jake.

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    Good stuff. I used to have most of this kit back in the 1980's.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    I have a Bolo from my dad, but it's so heavy, I'll show that in a case I think, my mannequin can't stay up with every thing on it lol. Thanks, glad you all like it, it's always fun finding everything, now it's the harder bits, real helmet cover, shelter half and a decent K-bar.
    Best
    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    As regards the poncho - Alec S. Tulkoff in the "Grunt Gear: USMC Combat Infantry Equipment of World War II" indicates all the USMC contracts for rain ponchos. There is no contract with that contractor and with that number. So, the rain poncho is definitively for US Navy.

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