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Bands, Contraction 1 pr
Bag, Barrack 2
Bag, Sleeping, Mountain 1
Bag, Sleeping, Arctic (outer) 1
Blanket, Wool, OD, M-1934 2
Comforter, Cotton Filled or Down 1
Cup Heater, M-1942 1
Knife, Mountain 1
1 for every 4 individuals
Pad, Insulated, Sleeping 1
Thong, Emergency 2
Tip, Ski, Emergency Repair
1 for every 4 individuals
3-2 ORGANIZATIONAL EQUIPMENT
This is a Kandahar-type cable binding used to hold the boot firmly to the ski.
STRAP, SKI, SAFETY
A short leather strap used to fasten the boot, ski-mountain to the ski, to prevent the loss of a ski when the boot comes out of the binding.
Ski 74-S-173 to 74-S-174
A hickory, steel-edged ski for all round winter use. Available in 7’0” and 7’3” lengths.
Where to begin?
A shovel that's handle comes to form a "T", fairly obvious, right? Standard issue shovel early on in the war and continued to be used until the end. This shovel is long and rather cumbersome. It does have a 'short' variety most commonly associated with airborne units. Used to dig foxholes, latrines, or graves (foxholes, again), it's use is nearly endless. Use for personal defense if it comes it. The carrier came in two varieties, a standard issue variety, and a variety for the mountain rucksack which made the shovel ride higher on the ruck.
This shovel was an improvement since it folded into three different positions. A closed position which folded the shovel head over the handle. A pick position where the shovel head came out at a 90 degree angle from the handle. And then the full on shovel position that typifies a shovel. This shovel is the most useful of the two varieties of shovel. The carrier for this shovel is usually adjustable and can be placed high or low on the ruck.
It's a pick with a mattock also. Use to expedite the digging of a fighting position. Helpful if one only needs to dig a small trench for laying of field wire or something of the sort. Comes with a carrier.
For the cutting of wire. Usually issued to those whose job involved cutting wire. Engineers, signal corps, etc... but secured by whomever came across them and thought they needed them.
Two varieties of the M1 bayonet exist. A cut down version and a new model version. The cut down version used the bayonets from WWII and early in the war and cut the blade down to a shorter, more managable, length. Know these blades by the blood grove that continues to the tip of the blade. The new model ones were produced originally at the shorter length, these blades blood grove end before the tip.
This is what you eat out of. Comprised of five elements, a pan, lid, spoon, fork, and knife. All are capable of being hanged on the handle of the pan for cleaning at the immersion stations of a field kitchen. The mess kit did not change after the war and continued use until the introduction of MREs.
Canteen & Cup
"DRINK WATER!" another phrase we shout often on those hot days. When one pulls a canteen, we all pull our canteens. Made of aluminum and they have a aluminum or plastic cap with a cork to seal the cap. The cup is not only for drinking, but also for eating out of, cooking in, washing, and shaving.
The little Aladdin cook stove was used in combination with a canteen cup or the mountain cook set. Usable even within the mountain tent thanks to the ventilators. The cook stove and cook set was carried by one member of a two man team and the other half carried the tent and fuel for the stove. A cook stove should come with a funnel, wrench, and spare parts. The cook stove comes in it's own carrying cylinder, but is authentically carried within the cook set. Only the stove, without the carrying cylinder it fits in, will fit in the cook set. Reports have it that the stoves were stored in a sock or something similar inside the cook set to prevent it from rattling too much.
Mountain Cook Set
A three piece set that has two pots and a skillet. Very useful for storing items in that need to stay dry. However, it should carry the cook set within it.
First Aid Kit
This kit consists of a first aid pouch and a carslile bandage. The bandage came in a paper box or a tin box. There were many varieties, some were bandage only, some included sulfa powder. Don't leave for the front without one!
Buttons can and will fall off. Patches need sewing, socks mending, and uniforms patched. The sewing kit came in many varieties, but generally contained thread, needles, and spare buttons. Most original threads in these kits will last a very short time since they are 60+ years old, so carrying an extra modern one with the right colored thread in it is a good thing to do.
Don't go on leave without it!
Everybody shaved. Even if you didn't have to shave, you shaved. A few day's growth is normally acceptable, but frowned upon. For some reason the 'garrison' look is all the rave at reenactments. A shaving kit will usually include a safety razor, a container for spare blades, and a mirror. Some kits went as far as to include combs, brushes, soap, etc..
What is a mountain unit without its skis? US skis had several manufacturers and came in a few lengths depending on your height. These skis are more like 2x4s than they are skis, at least by today's standard. The spring bindings work with the mountain boots.
Carried in an X shaped fashion or through the cover flap on the rucksack.
If you don't use the right wax, then the snow's going to stick and you won't be skiing as well. Wax comes in Red, Blue, and Orange varieties for different types of snow and skiing.
Your skis should have these already.
Ski leather deals that help you not lose them....
Baby seals were clobbered and then skinned for these. These help skis 'grip' the snow allowing the user to ski uphill.
Snowshoes, bear paw, emergency, trail
Snowshoes helped one stay above the snow while moving. Without them one would quickly sink down. Most common type are the bear paw snow shoes, but all soldiers also should have had the emergency snow shoes also. These were carried on the rucksack if not being worn.
Keep three points of contact with the Ice Ax. Climb to new heights and glory with the ice ax. American manufacture of a proven European design.
A two man tent (three in emergency situations). Made of a thin cotton with nylon sprayed on. Reversible to white or OD7 depending on terrain. Mat just inside the door is for the cook stove and to help in stopping boots from tearing the floor of the tent (easy to do). Ventilators allow fumes from stove to exit as well as moisture from occupants and melting snow.
Mountaineers usually carried two of these, just in case one broke. Without them one could become blind due to the reflection of the sun off the snow. Snow blindness. Several weeks in a pitch-black room does not sound fun, and that's the only way to recover from snow blindness.
This little brush was supposed to be used to brush snow off equipment and uniforms. It was actually used to start fires with.
These attached to mountain boots and allowed one greater traction on ice formations. One could also aerate their lawn with these.
Drive home those pitons with this hammer. Usually attached to a length of rope and hung from an equipment belt while climbing. This way, if you dropped it, you wouldn't lose it!
Pitons - ice, wedge, etc.
Pitons were hammered into the cliff face in order to attach rope. Ice pitons were used in glaciers and ice formations. Wedge, spike, etc. in rock formations. The pitons used in original training at Camp Hale can still be found in the rock walls.
Nylon rope was all the rage with mountaineers. It was better than hemp rope. A story goes that a mountaineer working in testing and acquiring better equipment for the mountain troops early in the war finallky received nylon rope. He strapped it around his desk and repelled out the window. He proceeded to scare the people on the lower floors as he repelled past them.
These oval clips attach to rope and pitons.