A mint set of U.S. Airborne Paratrooper combat suspenders with taped ends.
A nice and complete USMC Service Uniform. The tunic with ribbon bars and medals and the pants are named to a Iwo Jima veteran, who served at both Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima during World War 2. The tunic has a rare 1st Division Guadalcanal patch.
The garrison cap with the wellknown bronze USCM insignia (Eagle, Globe and Anchor), the khaki shirt with Corporal patches and matching tie and the black leather service shoes are all original USMC, but the items are not from the same veteran.
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General information about the USMC Service Uniform
The service uniform consists of green and khaki colors. It is the prescribed uniform when serving on a court-martial, making official visits and calls on American and foreign dignitaries, officials, and military officers, visiting the White House (except when in a tourist capacity, or on an occasion where another uniform is specified) or reporting for duty onshore. Like the Blue Dress uniform, the service uniform is authorized for wear while off-duty (i.e., while on leave or liberty).
A nice example of the iconic WW2 front seam fixed bale M1 USMC helmet with a great reversible brown/green 2nd pattern camo cover. The helmet still has the original canvas chinstraps, but the Hawley liner is a repro used in the HBO miniseries “The Pacific”. The camo cover is without any post war markings and in excellent condition with signs of battle use.
A nice example of the “Compass, Wrist, Liquid-filled” issued to all Airborne troops during World War 2. The body is made of olive drab Bakelite plastic and the needle point is tipped with phosphorescent paint. The back of the Compass is marked “Corps of Engineers U.S. Army”. The compass is manufactured by Superior Magneto Corp. and dated 7-44 (July, 1944). Both the compass and the original adjustable leather band are in excellent condition.
Wrist compasses were used both by officers and enlisted men. The compass was usually seen worn on the wrist, ofcourse, but also over the sleeve, the shoulder loops, webbing or at the ankle over the jump boots.
M-1910 Entrenching Shovel in a rare shortened version. This shortened model was mostly used by Airborne forces, since the full length shovel could be a burden, when it was carried in the waist belt and the handle could get in the way during combat jumps. The shovel is complete with its original cover and in excellent condition.
A rare and scarce Airborne Paratrooper Flag Armband in great, used condition. This type of armband was typically used by US Paratroopers for example in North Africa (1942), on the D-Day invasion in Normandy (June 1944) and during Operation Market Garden (September 1944). The armband was fixed to the uniform with a safety pin.
A Wehrmacht Heer (German Third Reich Army) black leather field belt with a buckle made in aluminium. On the buckle there is an eagle holding a Swastika and the inscription “Gott Mit Uns” (God With Us), which is an old German military phrase, that had been used many years before World War 2. Both items are bought in Germany and in excellent condition.