Original WWII U.S. Officer’s Field Gear Set: M1936 Pistol Belt, Rare M1911 Holster made by Craighead, 1911 Magazine Pouch, M-1943 Field Suspenders, M-1910/42 Canteen, Cup, and Cover

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Set Available. A nice set of accouterments for a WWII GI armed with a 1911 or 1911A1 Pistol.

The set consists of the following:

- Original WWII issue M1911 leather holster by Craighead Leather Goods: The holster is in excellent condition, showing signs of being well used. Leather is still pliable. One of the RAREST WWII US M-1911 Holsters, as Craighead had a relatively small contract.

- Original WWII US Issue M-1936 Pistol Belt: The US Stamp has been washed out, but the belt itself is free of damage. There is also a maker mark, but unfortunately it is illegible. Belt has the GI’s laundry number, “B-9194” written on the back.

- Original WWII issue M1911 double magazine web pouch dated 1918: Free of damage and looks to have seen very little use in service. It is marked on the interior of the closure flap “NOV .1918” followed by the MILLS logo.

- Original WWII issue M-1943 Field Suspenders: Transitional (two-tone Khaki and Olive Drab Canvas) maker Marked “U.S./C.B. MFG. Co./1945

- M-1910/42 Canteen Set: Consists of Cover with U.S. Stamp, Maker marked “MADE RITE L & CO.” and dated “1942”, 1942 Dated Canteen Cup, and 1943 Dated Canteen

This is a beautiful and iconic belt rig set up for Officers and NCOs alike! Comes more than ready to be displayed!

Field Gear of the WWII GI
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 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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