Original U.S. WWII Navy M1926 D-Day Inflatable Floatation Belt Life Preserver - Dated December 1943 (with Original Box)
Original Item: Only One Available. The M1926 inflatable floatation 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 covered pipes.
This type of belt is particularly known for use during the D-Day landing on the Normandy beaches on June 6th, 1944.
This particular belt is dated December, 30th, 1943 and was manufactured by Eagle Rubber Co of Ashland Ohio. Date, contract number and maker are ink stamped on the canvas. The metal buckle shows a USN marking Sparklets.
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.
Also included is the original wax paper covered cardboard shipping box with the original label still attached that reads; Preserver Life Belt Type 1 ea
The belt measures 60" long and 4.5" wide.
Offered in unissued condition, this is one of the very best examples of this belt you will every find on the market.
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