The two-part chin strap was typically fastened up around the rear of the helmet. Flashlight A olive drab plastic right angled flashlight. Those with original rare or unusual markings or some kind of documented history tend to be more expensive. The rest was the same as 1st Pattern. It was of two-piece design with an outer Hadfield manganese steel shell and a separate inner liner containing the suspension system. The European Woodland pattern was not reversible; they were only printed on one side, though some rare desert camouflage examples do exist. I didn't know what I had until Justin educated me.
The regular helmet shell chin strap was worn behind the head. Whether this was commonly carried like this in Vietnam is debatable, though nothing is outside the realm of possibility. C-Ration Matches A cardboard packet of damp resistant matches that comes with the C-Rations accessory packet. The felt lining helps keep the water cool. Headband The headband is a leather covered web strap provided with 6 metal clips and a buckle for attaching and adjusting the headband to the liner. It has a canteen like neck and a cap with a rubber gasket.
I wore white tube socks when I was in the Army, nobody ever tagged me for it. They have two front pockets, two hip pockets, and two bellows cargo leg pockets. This pattern still retained the Vibram sole. It consisted of a water resistant nylon bag with one large compartment and three external pockets, the middle outside pocket is slightly bigger than the other two. Attach the front suspender straps to the belt by first fastening to the belt fasteners.
It often doubled as a float for carrying items across streams and flooded land. Some things to look out for. Use it to strap your sleeping bag or poncho with liner rolled inside, on to your M1956 suspenders. These pants are cool and comfortable, but have a tendency to rip, especially at the knee. This could be parachute supported depending on the type of signal. Helmet covers in the European , were designed for fighting in the of Operations , and became the post-Vietnam jungle pattern camouflage cover used by the U.
As i mentioned earlier the marine's did not have the issue camo band, but as the war progressed they began to use an ad-hoc band by cutting up rubber innertube's trom truck tire's. It was designed to hold foliage in order to blend the helmet into the surrounding terrain. The strap remained fastened under the impact of a blast wave resulting from a nearby detonation, thereby jerking the head sharply and violently with the production of fractures or dislocations of the cervical vertebras. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there. In the 1960's dated goggles the strap goes through the lens. M1956 Web Gear M1956 Pistol Belt A pistol belt is what all other web gear hooks to. D bale helmets are very rare indeed and are often the object of forgery.
It was worn over or around the head as a bandanna or sweatband. Attach the two canteens with covers to the belt on either side of the buttpack Alternatively you can attach the cover to the sides of the Buttpack Insert. Normally kept in the Compass Pouch, but also seen kept in the helmet band, especially by Medics. . Could probably be washed if required. The signal is composed of three parts: Rocket Barrel Launcher Tube The rocket barrel made of drawn aluminium contains the complete launching and signalling devices.
Usually mush and useless if there is any sort of moisture in the air. You will find the dates of molded into the underside. You need at least two of these as a minimum for your collection. The M1956 ammo pouch was introduced in 1957. The mines could be4 command detonated or rigged as booby-traps.
The cover was reversible with leaf patterns in green or brown for fall or winter operations. This example has plastic snaps. M1967 Suspenders Similar to the M1956 Suspenders with the H-shape system on the back. Fold the shoulder pads over at the center. M203 The M203 was the melding of the M16A1 and the technology of the M79 grenade launcher.
Each M-1 helmet shell was stamped from a single sheet of manganese steel. In the 1960s through 1970s, the type commonly seen in the United States Army and Marine Corps was a reversible fabric cover called the Mitchell Pattern, with a leafy green pattern on one side and orange cloud pattern on the other. M1956 Suspenders The suspenders attach to the front of your pistol belt and to your butt pack or the back of pistol belt. The accessory pack contained a hot drink mix, gum, matches, toilet paper, salt, sugar, a plastic spoon and a small pack of cigarettes. Steel pots: the history of America's steel combat helmets 1st ed. This was commonly worn behind the pistol holster or on one of the hips to the rear.
A machete was usually mounted using the two eyelets located on the top horizontal strap on the pack frame. The M79 was a single shot, shoulder fired, break-barrel weapon which fired a spherical 40mm diameter grenade loaded directly into the breech. Its size and shape conformed to the sleeping bag. Carry extra socks and change often. The shoulder pads should be centered on your shoulders to distribute the weight of the load evenly. Vietnam era hats had two vents on the sides.