Tuesday, July 18, 2017

WWII Corpsman Navy MD USN Case, Pins, Scissors & Dressing Forceps

Here's something one doesn't see so often. Here is a complete Case, Pins, Scissors & Dressing Forceps. While these pouches are often found this is the first complete one I have ever seen with its original contents. I'm not exactly sure what personnel were issued these but its nice to see what the original contents looked like.

Monday, January 23, 2017

WWII Bangalore Torpedo Couplings

Here is an item that is rarely seen, Bangalore Torpedo coupling used to connect the two poles together. From eBay dealer Kanowarrior.

WWII Original Bulldog Art 1944

Very cool original WWII USMC bulldog art from 1944.

WWII USMC Khaki Shirt 3rd Marine Division

This stellar shirt appeared on eBay recently. Belonging to a Marine in the 3rd Battalion 21st Marines 3rd MarDiv. Not easy to find SSI patched shirts. A fantastic find for the buyer.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

WWII USMC 5th Marine Division Reunion Detroit 1954 Iwo Jima Sand

Really incredible souvenir from the 5th Marine Divisions Association 1954 Reunion in Detroit. A glass bottle of Iwo Jima Sand.

WWII USMC Visualizer Crayons for Maps

A really unique WWII Marine item currently on Ebay right now: USMC issued crayons for use on Maps directly from the depot crate. Great for field desk and map case displays.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WWII Cream Protective Flashburn Iwo Jima Marines

For those that study The Battle of Iwo Jima or have a passing interest in Marine battles of WWII, you might have seen photos of Marines with what appears to be white cream applied to their faces. After a few years of searching a very rewarding thread appeared on FB that answered a few questions. While I was familiar with the usage of Anti-Flash cream at Iwo Jima I was not exactly sure what kind of containers were used to distribute the cream to Marines. A little background, it was believed at the time that the Japanese on Iwo Jima had buried barrels of explosives on the beach and the anti flash cream was worn by Marines in the first landing wave to protective themselves from the flash of the detonations of the buried barrels. It appears that the anti-flash cream, Cream, Protective Flashburn, was distributed to Marines in tubes of cream in small cardboard boxes. These have a "S1" stock number which was used during WWII by the US Navy. A second type was produced in a small tin with a screw on cap, but not exactly sure when they were issued as they have no stock number to date it. Still a lot of research needs to be done to confirm that this indeed is how the anti-flash cream was distributed to the Marines, it's one step closer in securing the full story on this obscure piece of Marine gear. Thank you Eric Oehlberg, Howard Smith