Original U.S. WWII M1926 D-Day Inflatable Flotation Belt Life Preserver by Swimaster Corp - Dated January 1945
Original Item: Only One Available. The M1926 inflatable flotation belt was used as a life preserver by assault troops during amphibious actions and beach landings. The belt was inflated by squeezing two switches located inside the belt, which activated two CO2 bottles. If the CO2 bottles failed, the belt could still be inflated by blowing into the rubber tubes, which have valves on the ends.
This type of belt is particularly known for use during the D-Day landing on the Normandy beaches on June 6th, 1944.
The belt is dated and manufacturer marked in ink (partly faded):
CONTRACT NO. N140S-71599A
PER BUSHIPS 1.4/JJ-29-8-SSU-1B
TESTED BY SWIMASTER CORP.
GRAND FORKS, NO. DAK.
DATE TESTED 1/19/45
The metal buckle surrounding the CO2 containers shows a USN marking. The instructions are stamped on the canvas, close to the CO2 slots and indicate: "To inflate squeeze arrows together with a hard quick grip and release".
Condition is very good, and we do not see any repairs or major issues from the exterior. However due to the age it is most likely that the rubber inside is somewhat degraded, so it most likely is not functional. The C02 containers are not loaded with any spent cartridges.
The belt measures approximately 57" long and 4.5" wide uninflated.
Offered in good condition, this is a solid used example of a hard to find Life Preserver, one made 6 mothns after the D-Day invasion that made them so famous. Ready to display!
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