If you are new to reenacting you will find these helmets heavy to wear but you will get used to it. The devil is in the details, care should be taken when deciding if you want to substitute for the original item. These are delivered with a set of three lenses: clear, polarizing, and red. I see them now and again but never thought much of them. Rip-stop poplin trousers appear at around 1968, but there are some early 1967 prototypes around.
Check for snakes and insects. Flashlight A olive drab plastic right angled flashlight. Very handy for all sorts of personal items. I also see that the paint is still wet on them. I quick search on the forum I found two with a 1974 and 75 date, which makes me start to think this was done post war? If the date is missing or has worn away look out for that vertical seam.
It folded twice for carrying and was stored in a nylon pouch. I knew if anyone had them, Mike would! My studies have yet to show a picture of a troop in Vietnam with one of these. Similar to second pattern but with addition of nylon ankle reinforcement band. This may be a little long, but what the hell. There is no stamp inside. Photo courtesy of Jan Nowak.
Love my Nam Guys and this is important piece of history. Check for a date on the handle of the mess kit, be sure to get a kit with a date within the proper range for Vietnam. This is true of all the equipment and personal items that you choose to use in reenacting. Because a large amount of these covers were needed quickly for the Kuwait war, it was decided that the foliage slits were not necessary, thus making production faster. They are there to keep your belt up, and distribute the weight more evenly.
The moisture damaged label with instructions below. The silk is very shiny. This weapon was issued to armor vehicle crews throught the war and beyond. . Compare this net with similar nets.
Most other nationalities towels are double banded. A quick-drying lightweight quilted poncho liner, made of a rip-stop fabric. Check the drawstring at the bottom of the trousers. Third Pattern Vibram Sole 1965-1968. I have read that these receivers where often worn taped to the shoulder strap instead. Maybe not so far down the road. It was employed in a light role on it's bipod effective range 500 meters or in a medium role on a tripod effective range 1,100 meters as well as being used as protective armament on vehicles and helicopters.
But there are limited war time photos showing the use of this pouch during Vietnam War. The claymore used a curved block of C-4 explosive, shaped to blow all its force outward in a semicircular pattern. Some of the highlights of helmets produced during this time period include: 1 Unlike in previous years, no brass was employed in the manufacturing of these helmets. Jacket sleeves are rolled up or cut off. Second Pattern 1965 or earlier.
A removable strainer filter was inserted into the neck of the bladder. The stitching is a good way to recognize wartime fatigue caps, as they have a double row Two rows of stitching around the visor and cap. It has two chest bellows pockets and two lower bellows pockets. I would suspect these are late-post Vietnam era covers. All in all it was definetly worth the money.
You have to make the call of how far to go. There are a lot of reproductions out there, care needs to be taken to be sure you are sold an original item. You can empty the large can to make a makeshift cook stove, or better yet, get one of those can openers that cut the outside edge rather than the inside of the can. An example of such a tan band is seen in the picture to right. The M1956 ammo pouch was introduced in 1957. The rucksack prevent items being worn on the back of the pistol belt, thus water canteens and other items are hung on the pack, there are straps on each side to hold the canteens down and stop them from flopping when the soldier is on the move.