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UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE U.S. ARMY & MARINE CORPS DURING WW2
This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to an American Soldier of the United States Army and the U.S. Marine Corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in U.S. militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.
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U.S. Army Service Dress Cap for Enlisted Men (inside view)
Inside view of the U.S. Army Service Dress Cap for enlisted men, showing the silk lining.
U.S. M1 Steel Helmet
The M1 Army Helmet entered service with the U.S. Army and related branches in 1942; replacing the M1917A1 steel helmet (British Brodie style with minor variations) The M1 Helmets of the Second World War had an alloy seam around the outer edge; which was joined at the front of the helmet visor. Relic helmets, found in New Guinea and the Solomons display this perfectly;- with the shell of the helmet being affected by corrosion - whilst the rim is unaffected by rust.
Relic condition U.S. M1 Army Helmets - Buna - New Guinea
A collection of 'relic' condition, U.S. M1 Army Helmets located in and around Buna in New Guinea. The privately owned museum which houses these relics is located in an area which became known as "The Triangle". This locality is to the east of the Girua River, but south of the Buna Government Station. The name was derived due to a Japanese defensive line consisting of mutually supporting (reinforced) bunkers and weapons pits in the shape of a rough triangle, with the point facing south, towards the advancing American Infantry. Elements of the U.S. 126th Infantry Regiment and the 128th Infantry Regiment (U.S. 32nd Division) launched an attack on this area on the 24th of November, 1942 and the fighting here was intense. Sadly, the finding of such helmets more than likely means that the wearers became casualties in this action.
Of note is the stainless steel "rims" which line the edge of the helmets and remain in pristine condition, whilst the body of the helmets have succumbed to corrosion.