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This is the very rare snout-type M8 Gas Mask used late in WWII by the Army to supplement the short supply of the somewhat unsatisfactory M5 assault gas masks. The M8 was manufactured from existing supplies of the limited standard M4 gas masks with an updated M4 gas mask C15 exhalation valve.. This mask has a FIRESTONE moulding date of 12- 40, long before the M8 mask was introduced . The mask and M10 OD canvas haversack are in good overall condition . Note: The Army M8 Snout Type gas mask is quite interesting in that is was constructed from un-issued M4A1 Lightweight Service Gas Masks as a quick replacement for the M5 Assault Gas Mask after it was found to have problems with ''cold-set''. A 60mm filter inlet was mounted to the chin of the face piece to allow the use of the standard M11 drum type canister (NOT SUPPLIED, see below). Because this mask was needed toward the end of WWII, few were manufactured and this is the only one I have ever owned or even seen outside of a reference book. NO FILTER SUPPLIED Condition 8+
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Excellent example of a WW2 M1 steel helmet with WHITE painted steel shell with black painted letters MP. Tan webbing chinstrap fitted to FLEXIBLE BALE BARS. Wire twin hook fastener. Edge seam at the front. Minor wear & chips to painted finish. With a composition fibre liner fitted with TAN internal webbing cradle, nape strap and tan leather sweatband on light OD cotton backing. Brown leather chin strap to the liner. NOTE: The white painted finish appears to me to be original and old, the black MP lettering has, possibly, been re applied.
An excellent example of a WW2 M1 steel helmet in almost unused condition. OD painted steel shell with corked finish, edge with front seam. OD webbing chinstrap on flexible bale bars. Composition fibre liner with OD painted exterior and tan webbing inner cradle fitted with tan cotton and leather sweatband, tn nape strap and brown leather chinstrap. Overall in excellent, original condition with just a few MINOR scuff marks to the exterior.. NOTE: This helmet is from a batch that we imported in the early 1990's. They came in original crates from a New York National Guard depot. I recently purchased this from the collector who bought it from me so it has been out of circulation for over 25 years !! There is MINIMAL WEAR to this helmet and apart from a few small stains on the sweatband the only clue that it may have been issued are the initials JM hand written on the web strap supporting the Nape strap. CONDITION 9+++
Original WW2 example of a liner for the M1 steel helmet. Composition fibre shell with drk OD painted finish. Interior with dirty TAN webbing cradle, leather sweatband with tan cotton backing and original OD nape strap. Some damage to the webbing ( see photos) but can be worn comfortably. Embossed maker mark and 44 in the crown section. A few cracks at the edge but no pieces missing. Overall condition 8 .
An original WW2 piece of GLIDER TOW ROPE. 5 feet in length and made up of 3 large strands of hemp rope, each of the 3 with a black telephone cable in the centre. Each end is frayed but could be bound to prevent this fraying even more ! NOTE: This rope was originally about 80 feet in length and was purchased in a militaria market in St Mere Eglise, Normandy in 1984. This was at a time when items REALLY were coming out of Farmers' barns ! I have no reason to believe that it was found anywhere other than the St Mere Eglise area. Sections of the rope have been cut off and disposed of over the years, this is the last piece ! Guaranteed to be of WW2 origin. CONDITION 8.
RARE and ORIGINAL example of a WW2 made and 1944 dated Lightweight respirator as issued to AIRBORNE forces. Black rubber face mask with embossed 1944 date. Twin round eyepieces and large exhaust filter and voice resonator at the front ( not the smaller post war type). Black elastic straps and khaki canvas central pad dated 1944. Screw on filter at the side dated 1944. In it's khaki canvas haversack with strap and buckle closure and fitted shoulder strap. Brass fittings at rear to attach directly to 37 patt webbing belt. mAKERS NAME INSIDE THE FLAP, DATE BLURRED BUT LOOKS LIKE 1943. Pair of gas goggles in cardboard sleeve and tin of antI dimming cloth dated 1941. A rare example of an entirely WW2 made and dated item. Issued to Airborn forces due to low weight and compact size. CONDITION 9
Russet Brown leather hip holster for the .45 Colt pistol. US marked on the front flap and with maker name BOYT AND DATED 44 on the rear. Brass wire belt loop. All rivets intact, brass eyelt at bottom fitted with leather leg tie. Overall in excellent condition with a few minor surface marks and a black stain on the rear surface. Condition 8+++
Russet Brown leather hip holster for the .45 Colt pistol. US marked on the front flap and with maker name WARREN LEATHER GOODS CO on the rear. Undated, GUARANTEED WW2. Steel wire belt loop. All rivets intact, brass eyelt at bottom fitted with leather leg tie. Overall in excellent condition with a few minor surface marks.CONDITION 8+++
Very good TAN webbing belt with various eyelets for adjusting the size and attaching equipment. Adjusts at one end only, press stud at the other end to attach the pistol or carbine magazine pouch. Size up to 40 waist. Exterior stamped US and maker marked D NASCO 1943. Excellent, clean condition. CONDITION 9
Tan canvas pouch for M1 carbine, 15 rd box magazines. Flap top printed US, rear with printed maker mark and date HOFF 1943. Tunnel loop at rear and press stud to fit to the pistol belt. The tunnel loop can also be slid over the butt of the carbine (from the front end) to give the typical WW2 appearance. Minor fading and slightly worn. CONDITION 8
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