So you've got a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket. You've come to the right place.
In this area, you can narrow down your search in finding specific items. Identified here are the various sources, vendors (in ascending price), hints/tips (not always helpful), price ranges, etc. that every buyer should be aware of. Also listed is whether or not we generally have items in the unit closet that meet this description and is available for checkout.
As a rule, mint condition originals should not be used in battle scenarios.
Item Name: Usually the QM designation or the 'common designation' of an item.
Price Range: What you can expect to pay, from low end find to a high end, minty, original or reproduction. This is a 'general estimate' of a reasonable price, pre-shipping, expect to see variance within and outside this range. Higher price does not always mean higher quality or satisfaction.
Buy It Anyway: If you find this item for this price, buy it anyway and flip it!
Vendors: eBay usually listed first since it CAN be the cheapest (not always), then vendors in increasing price
10th Specific: A mere yes or no will answer whether this item was issue solely to the 10th Mountain Division (okay, and the FSSF). Either way, photos of 10th Mountain soldiers may be linked here as 'proof of use'.
Tip: Not always a helpful one, but is usually something worth knowing
Unit closet: States if we have this item in the closet for temporary loan, quantity is also listed.
Direct links to items, searches, or company websites are provided where possible.
Sections will generally have a brief overview of what should be acquired first, second, third, etc.. This is partially from experiences we have had buying things in the past and also a 'nudge' towards what we would like people to have first. These are not mandates, just suggestions.
A Further Note on the "Buy It Anyway".
This assumes a few things. That it is an original, high quality reproduction, and it is in good condition or better. This is a 'deal of a century' type find and something that you can't, or shouldn't pass up, if you can spare the money. Even if you don't want the item, need it, or already have five others, there are many who would buy it.
eBay can yield some great steals, but be careful with how you bid. Don't get sucked into a bidding war. Place your max bid and forget about it. If you get it, you get it, if not, there will be another.
A Note About The WWII Supply Situation For the 10th Mountain Division & In Italy:
The 10th Mountain Division started in November of 1941. From then until the end of the war they were issued a wide variety of uniforms, equipment, gear, and weapons by the Army QM. There were the 'standard' items issued to every infantryman, but also, as you know, a plethora of special items specific to the TMD. The 10th Mountain Division used, at one point or another, nearly everything in the supply line. Their specialized gear and equipment was left stateside when they left for Italy and did not catch up to them until the last couple months of the war. Whatever the mountaineers brought onto the troop ship with them is what they had when they reached Italy. At this point we could almost consider all of the 10th as having roughly the same gear unit-wide. Mountain jackets, trouser, caps, wools, mountain boots, rucks, mountain sleeping bags, cooksets, cook stoves, goggles, etc.. Whatever one was wearing or carried in a ruck or pack board.
Italy had seen a wide variety of units come through before the 10th arrived. There were several infantry divisions, the First Special Service Force, 82nd Airborne, armored divisions, units who had come from North Africa & Sicily and some from the states. The British added an even greater multi-national variety to the mix. The combat forces were varied, so were the supplies sent over. Once the 10th began to wear out, lose, or destroy whatever they brought over, they proceeded to make do with whatever was in the supply line. And thus, variety was born.