WW2/Korean War US Field Gear
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WW2/Korean War FG Set: This is a nice Korean war era fieldgear set consisting of a Entrenching Tool, Entrenching Cover, Pistol Belt, Canteen, Canteen Cup & Canteen Cover. The entrenching tool is in great shape. The wooden handle has no cracks in it and measures 13 1/2" from the start down to the steel fitting. The whole piece runs 27 1/2". The shovel is stamped: "US, 1944" and has manufacturer marks by "AMES". The E-tool folds very well and still has some dirt on it. The E-tool cover is also in excellent working condition with no holes or rips to it. It is stamped: "US" on the front and the inside flap is stamped: "EB-140,Carrier,intrenching Tool, Combination, Handy Pad Supply Co. 1953. The back of the cover has hook attachment for a web belt.It is Korean War era. The front of the cover has a small blue area of verdigris on it. Next up is the Canteen. The bottom of it is stamped: "US, Vollrath,1944". The canteen lid still retains its original cork piece. It also has the lid attaching chain but it is not attached to the canteen. On the top of the lid it is stamped: "US, 5610, and a small symbol of sorts". The canteen cup is still in great working order and is stamped on the handle: "US, K.M.Co. 1944". Moving onto the canteen cover, as you can see from the picture it is lightly stamped: "US" on the front and has maker marks on the back.The back reads as follows: "Cover, Canteen, Dismounted(some numbers at the end which are hard to read and then)Stock No., Collete Mfc. Co. 1952". The back has the "hook" style attachment for a web belt.The last item on the list is the pistol belt. This is a WWII/Korean War era "M36" pistol belt with multiple grommets and adjustable sliders(which work well). Standard hook style closure in front and measures roughly 44" at max adjustments.The belt is a light OD #3 shade, almost khaki looking. You can see in the pictures how the rest of the gear is a darker olive drab. Late WWII items were being produced in a darker OD # 7 shade and were manufactured that way through Korea as well.The Korean War used a lot of left over surplus from WWII, so much of the gear remained the same. Dates from the 40's era are not uncommon in Korean War militaria. Great for Reenactors as well!