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Photographs from the surplus vehicle boneyards of World War Two, 1945-1948


The chin pull method is similar to a lifeguarding technique, basically, requiring the soldier to go after the victim and tow them down using one hand under their chin.

Guaranteed to keep your airway out of the water while freeing the rescuer from the pedals and/or holding on to something else. This also makes it difficult for the victim to drown the rescuer. However, this method is not recommended if someone is seriously injured.

Uniform OD M1941 Herringbone Twill Cotton Uniform. The HBT or herringbone knitting pattern was first introduced as a "rip stop" type of fabric.

It was sturdy, held up and performed well under harsh use and conditions, and was comfortable for the wearer. The US military would eventually design several variations of the HBT fatigue uniform but the M1941 HBT uniform was the first.

This included a button-front jacket, hidden pocket trousers. The trousers were styled in khaki uniform trousers with hidden front, rear and watch pockets, button fly and full waist and fly lining. The jacket features two pleated pockets with button cuffs, side adjustment buckles, buttoned flaps.

The packs appear to be US M-1928 Haversacks. An improved Haversack was developed in 1928 with quick release buckles and a web strap and the buckle closure on the flesh could pouch instead of metal buttons.



However, the M-1928 Haversack did not go into production until 1940, and continued to be issued until the older Haversack stock was exhausted.

The Americans stopped using the style of helmet shown in the picture in 1942, but it is possible that the old helmets were still around and used in training until eventually replaced entirely.

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