Friday, March 15, 2019

WWII USMC Recruit Depot Camel Cigarettes Pack 4th of July

From the J. Ruffini collection, comes this amazing Marine Recruit 4th if July gift item from Parris Island. I've never seen anything quite like this over the years. It being a disposable item, I'm very sure not many of these have survived over the years. Thank you for sharing this item Mr. Ruffini.

Friday, February 8, 2019

WWII Navy Hemostatic Forceps Case MD USN Corpsman Roll

One of those projects I have been working on is acquiring the proper Navy marked forceps to complete this Navy Hemostatic Forceps Case I picked up some time ago. A really unique corpsman related item not often seen.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

WWII 5th Pioneer Book The Return To Iwo Jima 1945-1985 Lucian Caste

I'm always looking for obscure 5th Marine Division vet autobiographies, and I believe this has has to be one of the rarest published books I have ever come across. "The Return To Iwo Jima 1945-1985" by 5th Pioneer Iwo Jima vet Lucian Caste (1925-2013). The book is a journal of his journey back to Iwo Jima in 1985. With a limited count of only twenty books published for family members it is a rather rare narrative of a combat Marine and his experiences of traveling back to Iwo Jima in 1985. To me these self published autobiographies are some of the rarest and rewarding books about Iwo Jima, who knows how many of these types of books were published over the last 70 years. Thank you for your service Mr. Caste!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Pack US Marine Corps M1941 Pamphlet Booklet Manual

Here is the manual for the M41 USMC Pack as used in WWII through the 1960s, feel free to download it and turn it into a PDF for usage. This explains the various assemblies and pack contents for both the knapsack and haversack.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

WWI Great War US Navy Hospital Corps Pouch, Large. Corpsman Bag

Photos of the Hard to find WWI Navy Corpsman bag with leather straps, content list printed on the large flap.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

WWII USMC Reproduction Guide: Part 1 Uniforms

Here is a list of approved dealers and products for purchasing reproduction WWII USMC Uniforms. This list has been compiled by fellow WWII USMC living historians and reenactors who strive for top quality in their kit. Part 2 will be field gear.


P41 Coats/Trousers Utility: The P41 Marine uniform was the standard combat uniform for most of WWII.

  • WWII Impressions
  • SM Wholesale
  • Undershirts: White T-shirt that was worm under the utility, khaki and wool shirt. White athletic T-shirts of the 1940s were cut different from modern T-shirts, most notably the sleeves and the collar. Caveat! Man the Line doesn't have the best Customer Service on their website, I suggest ordering from their shirt from their eBay page for protection.

  • ATF White
  • ATF Green
  • Man The Line
  • Drawers:

  • Leggings: Its suggested that original leggings should be sourced for your impression.

  • WWII Impressions
  • ATF
  • Socks: The closest to WWII style USMC socks on the market.

  • Eastman Leather
  • Boots/Boondockers:

  • ATF
  • SMW
  • WWII Impressions
  • Service Tags: The Marines, Navy and Coast Guard used a different shaped service “Dog Tag” that was different from the Army service tag.

  • USMC WWII Dogtags
  • Summer Service Uniform / Khakis: Shirts, trousers and Scarfs (neck Ties) can be sourced from this link.

  • WWII Impressions
  • Trouser Belt: Unfortunately, the WWII era USMC belt buckle is not being produced, an original will need to be sourced.

  • ATF
  • Caps, utility: The Marines used the army cap for the first half of the war, in 1944 the USMC switched over to their own branch specific cover with the EGA on the front.

  • ATF Army
  • WWII Impressions Army
  • WWII Impressions USMC
  • Field Jacket (M41) For the later colder campaigns, such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the Marines used the army field jacket.

  • ATF
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    WWII Developing the Fire Team (1946 Marine Gazette Article)

    A must read on the development of the Marine Fire Squad as used by the Marines post 1943. Every WWII reenactor group should know this information.