Today in History: Operation Avalanche

78 years ago today, September 9th 1943, Operation Avalanche began. The Allied invasion of the Italy occurred at the Coastal town of Salerno. (I actually was able to visit there but unfortunately it was only passing through so I wasn't able to see anything) Technically there were earlier diversionary landings by British units in Operation …

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How to Mount a Lightweight Rucksack High on the Frame

The lightweight rucksack is described as having multiple mounting methods but the Training Circular TC10-8 does not actually show any other methods besides the default low position. While that is a distinctive look and probably better for carrying heavy items as if puts the heavy items higher up and allows more space to do so, …

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M1941 Haversack Variations

The collection is (essentially) complete.In case you can't tell I have a thing for these haversacks. Shout out to @ww2_daily_photography for helping fill the last vacancy All the major variations of the USMC M1941 (sometimes the later versions are called M1944) are here.1st is the Classic WWII "dog ear"2nd is the late war tube, roll top or …

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From The Footlocker: 1950’s Flight/G-Suit

This was used in F2H Banshees and F9F Panthers/Cougar. I think I have a VHS somewhere showing the owner wearing this and climbing into a Cougar at El Toro during his conversion training from propeller jet aircraft for the Korean War. After it's service life this suit and helmet went on to be the Halloween …

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