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Original U.S. WWII G.I. Field Gear Lot - 7 Items

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Item Description

Original Items: Only One Lot of 7 Available. A one of a kind lot of seven WWII GI Field Gear pieces. All pieces are in original, unmodified, condition, and show signs of honest use and storage wear that has accumulated over the last several decades. Most will have additional issue markings added at the arsenal or by the soldiers in various places.
The Lot Includes The Following Items:

- U.S. M1928 Field Pack Haversack: The pack shows signs of extensive wear and use but has no extensive damage.

- U.S. Messkit: Good condition, missing utensils.

- U.S. M1943 Entrenching Tool Cover: Unissued condition, dated 1944.

- U.S. M1910 Pickaxe: Complete with blade, handle and cover.

- U.S. Pouch, Meat Can, M-1928 / Mess Kit Pouch: This pouch attaches to the top flap of the M-1928 haversack and allows storage of the "Meat Can" Mess kit used during WWII. Good condition with straps cut on back.

- U.S. M1 Garand Web Sling: Good condition but heavily stained.

- U.S. M13 Gun Cover: Used for the 1919A4 Browning .30 Cal canvas gun cover.

All items come more than ready for further research and display!

The United States Army in World War II had a distinct advantage over the Axis when it came to equipment. Both in terms of quality and quantity the power of American industry kept the GI’s well supplied.

For a Soldier, equipment is a matter of survival. Even something as simple as a button can make the difference between victory and defeat if it fails to function properly at the wrong time. For this reason Soldiers have a strong tendency to become attached to equipment they like, and to modify or discard equipment they find unreliable or useless. Among the Infantry, who have to carry their equipment wherever they go, this tendency is even stronger.

Soldiers must carry everything they need for combat operations with them at all times. Individual load carrying equipment is designed to allow the Soldier to carry a basic load of ammunition, food, water, and first-aid gear. The exact make-up of this load varies from conflict to conflict. In more modern times the load has grown to include additional equipment such as gas masks, maps, compasses, and radios. Because of the cost of replacing equipment for Soldiers is high, equipment is usually replaced in phases, with front-line troops receiving the new equipment first. Support units typically receive equipment later as older equipment wears out or becomes obsolete. Because of this, Soldiers in World War II went to war using several different versions of the basic load bearing gear.

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