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WW2 US Infantryman Uniform - D-day: 1942 - 1943 dated

Article about: Hi folks, I have embarked on my next collecting adventure! I'm putting together a US infantryman uniform set based on what a soldier would be wearing during the D-day invasion. I have a pret

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    Hi folks,

    I have embarked on my next collecting adventure! I'm putting together a US infantryman uniform set based on what a soldier would be wearing during the D-day invasion. I have a pretty good start, and would like to begin posting my finds to this thread. I know this is in the uniforms section, and a full setup will include field gear. I'm hoping the moderators will allow me to post all these items here as I find them, as the intent is to compile a full uniform based on this time period.

    Up first, this is the M1941 field jacket I've aquired, made by Joseph Petrilli in December of 1942:

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    Next, we have M1936 suspenders Made by Hoosier Tent and Canvas Goods Co. 1942:

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    Up next, an M1923 .30 cal 10-pocket cartridge belt by H.S. Co. dated 1943:

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    And last (for now) A canteen set. Cover by Atlantic Product Corp. 1942, canteen by A.P. Co. 1942, and the cup is from an unknown maker (I'm thinking WW1 production?). I checked the NARA for Gilbert Cruz, and found a few results. I noticed faintly scratched between Gilbert and Cruz is "Roy". There is one Gilbert R. Cruz in the NARA WW2 enlisted database, from San Diego CA. I believe that is likely the man who carried this canteen.

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    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    Great start!!! Sure it will look fantastic once it's complete.

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    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Will be interesting to see how your thread developes over time.
    Thanks

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    Only to had that the quality of each piece is superb indeed,can't wait to see the finished result,top stuff well done..........

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    Got another piece for the set today. Betty Anne Bag co. first aid pouch with Carlisle bandage.

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    Very nice items, and in impeccable condition.
    Love that jacket.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    A great start to what will be an excellent display.

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    Fantastic lot but you need to add the HBT set 3rd patt
    Regards
    René

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    Fantastic lot but you need to add the HBT set 3rd patt
    I've got a pair of mustard brown wool trousers dated 1943 and the belt coming. I'll have to find the correct wool shirt, which I'm not sure what I need to be looking for there.
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    That would probably be the standard wool M1937 enlisted man's shirt.

    I strongly recommend you check out this book, it is about clothing & equipment used & worn during D-Day by US landing troops:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spearheadin.../dp/2352502012

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