Original U.S. WWII Officer M1936 Pistol Belt, M1911 Holster and WWI Magazine Pouch
Original Items: Only One Set Available. Recently acquired from a USGI veteran's family, these are genuine World War Two U.S. officer issue items, including one from late WWI that was reissued.
The set consists of the following:
- Original WWII issue M1911 leather holster: The holster is in great shape, with only light staining, and has the original leather leg tie down strap. No markings are visible but there is a name etched into the back.
- Original WWII issue M1936 pistol belt: Free of significant damage and is stamped with US.
- Original WWI issue M1911 double magazine web pouch: Free of damage and looks to have seen extensive use in service.
This is a beautiful and iconic belt rig set up for Officers and NCOs alike! Comes more than ready to be displayed.
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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