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US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« on: August 02, 2016, 03:03:28 AM »
Another collecting field I am hooked up is Mountain and Cold Weather gear! Unfortunately you don't come often across this type of militaria in my neck of the woods!
So here's my modest collection:

Two slightly different types of Ski & Mountain goggles. They are in mint condition. The brown pouch is marked: FG CO. and the green one is marked: 1945 FG Co.








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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2016, 03:05:58 AM »
An US Army High Neck Sweater, dated March 16th 1944 and M1943 gloves.






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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2016, 03:07:42 AM »

Arctic Buckle Boots, made from felt. I'm not sure if my pair are WWII or later though? As far as I know they were developed late WWII, but I'm not sure whether they saw action during WWII.




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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2016, 03:09:14 AM »
1943 dated US Army Arctic Sleeping bag with water proof bag. It is filled with downs and the condition is not too bad, no tears and all  the buttons are still there but it is heavily stained.








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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2016, 03:11:57 AM »
This is a reversible, fur trimmed Ski Parka. It is 1942 dated and in a great condition! There was only one drawback, the wolf fur has lost all it's hair, but there was a second fur that I had to sew on! As the price was really good I did not mind some sewing!












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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2016, 03:15:44 AM »
Two third pattern, US Army Mountain Rucksacks! Both are in near mint condition!

The first one is from 1942 and was made by Meese Inc.












The second one is dated 1943 and was made by Hinson Mfg. Co.! It still has the strap to fix the M1 rifle to the pack!






The strap to attach the rifle.








The hook that was clipped into the butt swivel of the Garand.


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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2016, 04:40:46 AM »
Yet another fine collection. Mountain items are very interesting. Do you have a copy of "The Supercommandos"? If not, you should, given your interest in mountain gear.

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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2016, 06:57:50 AM »
Yet another fine collection. Mountain items are very interesting. Do you have a copy of "The Supercommandos"? If not, you should, given your interest in mountain gear.

I bought it at Foyles on Charing X Road many years ago! It's a brilliant book!

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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2016, 07:20:07 AM »
Very impressive collection of mountain troop gear

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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2016, 08:43:18 AM »
I like.  Thank you. 

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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2016, 10:14:42 PM »
A mint condition, named, Field Jacket, Cold Weather a.k.a. Arctic Field Jacket! It is dated 1941 and was made by Kenosha Full Fashioned Mills Inc. The size label has 22 e RIC , the name Vimar and the abreviation ASP. written on it. My educated guess is that it belonged to Aspirant (officer candidate) Vimar of the french 22e Régiment d'Infanterie Coloniale. The unit was reformed on july the 1st 1945 with men that had fought in different Free French units in 1944/1945. In the beginning of 1946 it was shipped to Indochina. Alltough I spent some time on the web, trying to research an officer named Vimar I didn't find anything. Maybe one of you guys had an idea where to look for further informaton








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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2016, 10:15:26 PM »
US Army WWII Parka, Field, Cotton OD. It is dated 1943, was made by H.P. Shapiro & Co. Inc. and it has an unmarked pile liner.












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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2016, 10:17:56 PM »
A Jacket, Mountain, dated 9/24/1942 and made by Cohen-Fein Company Inc.
The jacket has a large pocket on the back to put in spare clothes, rations and ammo etc. etc. On the inside there is a pair of suspenders integrated into the jacket to help evenly spread the load of the back pocket. The chest pockets are closed by a zipper, the lower pockets have a button. The Jacket is in near mint condition, except for a broken button and the missing original belt, which has been replaced by an incorrect regular belt












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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2016, 10:20:02 PM »
A pair of fur mittens, I'm not sure about their provenience but my best guess is that they would be WWII GI.




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Re: US Army WWII Mountain and Cold Weather Equipment.
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2016, 10:24:47 PM »
Alltough it's use was far from being restricted to mountain troops, the packboard was such an iconic item for the 10th Mountain Division as well as the FSSF, that I choose to include it in this thread!

Yukon packboard, the straps are most probably modified M1936 suspenders.






 

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