Officer's Carrying Case
Unmarked Ammo Pouches, A mystery solved.....
are images of a Thompson Sub Machine Gun 5-cell pouch and a similar 4-cell
pouch.... I had always wondered what the 4-cell pouch was for, and some
collectors told me it was for the United Defense M42 SMG, but
none came up with proof in either photos or manuals..... I had however been told
that a similar pouch had been found in Belgium, where it had been parachuted to
the resistance with an UDM42 SMG....
Then in the summer of 2007, the mystery was solved as wartime images of OSS troops showed them equipped with these pouches to carry magazines for the United Defense M42 Marlin Submachine Gun.
wartime image above left shows OSS Members Alleman and Raymond in Blida, Algeria
in 1944. It appears courtesy of Marco, and the 4-cell pouch is clearly visible.
Also note the Three-Pocket Grenade Carrier in the original picture; another odd
piece of US WW2 equipment.
Next to the 4-cell pouch , shown above, is another type of pouch used with the UDM42, which holds the special double magazines which were issued with the UDM42. These magazines are welded together front to front for fast reloading.
OSS-Member Lt Herbert Brucker is shown with local resistance fighters in France in 1944. brucker (2nd from left) is armed with the UDM42 fitted with a double magazine. It's not clear what pouch he is carrying his magazines in. However the man on the left has both pouches shown above.
Neither of the pouches are marked in any way.... typical for OSS equipment??
Cut Down Cavalry Boots
shown three pairs of Boots, Leather, Lace, Legging Top (aka Cavalry Boots). Two
of those have been cut down to be worn as high boots.
They had extra eyelets installed and can be worn as regular high boots. They definitely started out as Cavalry Boots; you can still see the place were the lower buckle was taken off and the tongue doesn't come up all the way in the front. The markings are exactly like on full length Cavalry Boots. One pair has a marking USA 4digit number and 1943 on the inner sole. The other pair only has the US number inside and out.
In Michel Detrez' books about Normandy; the mannequin portraying Major Salee on page 109 of 'At the Point of no Return' wears exactly the same boots.
Was it a means of having more jump boots available???? Did officers have their Cavalry Boots cut down in order to use them once high boots became obsolete???? It seems a professional job and must have been done to many pairs of boots.....
Maybe the Boston Quartermaster Depot modified these boots????
Both of the pairs I have are size 10C, mint condition and came from a surplus store in Belgium in the 70's. A third pair in Belgium was offered on eBay in January 2007.
Allan H has seen several of these boots altered for the postwar US Constabulary (Circle C Cowboys) but those still had a part of the legging attached and only the top cut off.
Dug Up Dog Tag
M1941 Field Jacket from a member of an Engineer Special Brigade
101 Airborne Helmet recovered from Bastogne
This bag was acquired in the late
1990's thru a
fellow collector who told me he got it from France. He stated it was used to
carry airborne helmets, which seems unlikely to me, although a M2, M1 or M1C helmet
fits perfectly inside.
The bag does not appear in any of the WW2 QM Supply Catalogs. I have only seen three of these; mine is 'British Made'; the two others, of which one was in very bad shape, were lined with WW2 style camouflaged parachute canopy?!?!
In the seventies, the British army supplied a similar bag to carry their armored vehicle crewmember's helmet. These bags are still used today in armies equipped with British style tank helmets. Who knows what this is?
Identical bag, lined with Parachute Canopy material, from another Belgian collector.... Note this one has more eyelets around the top edge....
This page is permanently under construction and will be updated as new unidentified items occur