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    Intersting Pictures!

    Post by CamoCollector on Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:54 pm

    Just some pictures I have come across in my web travels that have some interesting aspects to them.













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    Post by Camonut314 on Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:23 pm

    Nice! Thanks for sharing, I always love the weird and off-beat.
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    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:15 pm

    Me too! Some really interesting details to see in these pictures.

    Any idea where the 1950 or early 1960s US soldier picture was taken? Looks like the Middle East somewhere. The helmet cover is unknown to me. Could be a BW Splintertarn cover with the poor quality of the photo not picking up on the details.

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    Post by Wolverine on Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:28 pm

    CollectinSteve wrote:Me too!  Some really interesting details to see in these pictures.

    Any idea where the 1950 or early 1960s US soldier picture was taken?  Looks like the Middle East somewhere.  The helmet cover is unknown to me.  Could be a BW Splintertarn cover with the poor quality of the photo not picking up on the details.

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    I had the same thoughts about the helmet cover - something he could have picked up on a stint in Germany?
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    Post by CamoCollector on Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:41 pm

    If my memory serves me correctly and it does not alot of the time, this is a soldier from the 24th ID in Lebanon. The cover reminded me of Splintertarn and the unit was based out of Germany so, that would be my best guess as well.
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    Post by Wolverine on Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:46 pm

    Lebanon makes sense - the men on the right appears to be wearing two French ammunition pouches from the First World War period.
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    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:11 pm

    Cool. My guess was Lebanon too, as there wasn't a lot of places in the ME that were aligned with the West at this time. A US unit deployed there would most likely come out of Europe, and more specifically Germany. So this guy probably picked up a BGS Splittertarn hood and used that for a helmet cover. I think it is more likely BGS than Bundeswehr as it had a nearly white background.

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    Post by ripcord on Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:53 pm

    Lebanon 1958.

    US Army and US Marines were deployed.

                                                                                                     


                                                                                                   


                                                                                                   


    Troops in the first photos are wearing  WWII reversible helmet covers mainly used in Pacific theater.    Could be US Marines.

    Soldier with the map is armed with an M1 carbine.  The difference in helmet covers is obvious.

    For great images and more, just type in Lebanon 1958 and hit images.


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    Re: Intersting Pictures!

    Post by CamoCollector on Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:42 am

    Wow, Thanks for the info guys! I saved these pictures from just looking around on my internet adventures. Hopefully I will come across more. Just thought I would share them with you.
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    Post by Wolverine on Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:05 pm

    Ripcord's top photo is definitely USMC - helmet covers, M1941 suspenders, old cross flap canteen carriers.

    The army photo seems to prove that the use of German material for helmet covers was more than a one-off. Maybe a unit had a pile of these made up in Germany?
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    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:36 am

    Wolverine wrote:The army photo seems to prove that the use of German material for helmet covers was more than a one-off. Maybe a unit had a pile of these made up in Germany?

    That's an interesting possibility. More likely, though, is they got their hands on a bunch of BGS hood/covers. They would be around in big numbers during this time period and already out of service for the BGS. Even today they aren't that hard to get (I have three or four at the moment). They were VERY easily adapted to the US style two piece pot helmet.

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