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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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Emergency First Aid Bandage
Emergency First Aid Bandage box containing 4 bandages. This item was manufactured by 'Johnson & Johnson' in the United States of America prior to World War Two. As the American Forces built up in Australia from 1942 onwards, it was not uncommon for U.S. stores to be issued to Australian troops. This is evident by the Department of Defence (D - broad arrow - D) stamped on the outside of this particular box. Subsequently, this item is also listed in the Australian inventory.
Colt 1911 Pistol .45 Calibre
The Colt 1911 Pistol is a semi-automatic, recoil operated hand gun which was in service with the U.S. Armed Forces from 1911 through to 1985. Subsequently, it saw front line service in four major conflicts - from World War One through to Vietnam. It is magazine fed with a 7 round capacity. Being the same calibre as the Thompson Sub-Machine Gun, it was a hard hitting weapon at short ranges.
Leather Holster for the Colt 1911 Pistol
The holster which saw service with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps during World War 2 was an 'enclosed' holster of leather construction. The flap which secured the pistol was embossed with the initials "U.S." and was fastened by manner of a single brass post. Generally the colour of the holster was either black or tan, although there is some evidence of colour alterations being made in the field - by combat troops.