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Starting to collect a full US Army GI display

Article about: Hi folks, With your indulgence (and if it is appropriate for this section) I'd like input an creating a US Army display. My goal is to have a post Anzio display based around the M43 Jacket.

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    Hi folks, With your indulgence (and if it is appropriate for this section) I'd like input an creating a US Army display. My goal is to have a post Anzio display based around the M43 Jacket. I will be adding new items every couple of weeks as they arrive. To begin, I have an M1 helmet and M43 trousers. I know the M1 helmet is fine but welcome comments on the trousers. I'll add more photos as items arrive if this is OK. NH


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    It all looks good to me you're well on the way good start. timothy

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    Good luck with your project.

    To think I used to wear all this original kit for re-enacting 30 years ago....

    Cheers, Ade.
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    A very good start.

    M43 Jackets with nothing on are common and easier to get, which is not a problem. Unless you see one with the patch on, than it's a different story. Be careful on fakes or postwar added examples. M41 works as well.

    Good luck and have fun !

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    Thanks everyone! Some books on the way and packages are incoming. I did get an M43 jacket with no insignia. Photos soon. NH

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    Have fun with your new project! Call or stop over when you can. Rich
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    Just a thought Neal my dad was issued a M-41 in England and states I had a old picture of it in a camp in England this would have been in late 43 he had it until after D-Day and sometime in late 44 when he went to the Siegfried Line Saar Mossle area they were given M-43 jackets he said that no patches were to be worn on the line as "They didn't want the Germans to know who they were" so he insisted on his M-43 had no patches his M-41 did. I see period pictures of both patches and without maybe this was just a unit thing but thought I would pass this story along since you are getting a US uniform together happy collecting and I look forward to see more. timothy

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    Taka and Timothy - thanks for the advice. Good timing too - here are photos of the M43 jacket. Feedback is welcome. NH

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    Hi folks, Here is a wool service shirt. Picked this up at an antiques store for ten dollars. I could only find a size marking in the collar. It looks like what is identified as a "special" shirt with anti-gas features. Note the two buttons behind the collar. Can anyone confirm? NH

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    Hi Neil,

    Both uniforms are great!

    I like the M-43, it's a rather early version. (370-C)

    Is the inner instruction tag still attached?

    I have a size 32 S and a 32 R (M-43) in my collection.

    The service shirt's two back button is for buttoning a wool hood.

    Cheers!
    Taka

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