Rare and Hard to Find Items.

Page 1 | 2
Riot Control Mask, XM-28E4. The mask was always a pain to fit back into the case after use! I'm sure the troops really disliked it!

Comfort Shoe, Type 2. The comfort shoe was part of the Delta footwear program to give soldiers operating in inundated areas in Vietnam a shoe to change into while at a NDP or bivouac. Hence the name "Bivouac Slipper" The Comfort Shoe was very successful and were produced by the Converse Corp.

Bladder, Flotation. Mk I, Mod I. Manufactured by Trenton Textile Corp. NJ. This bladder was normally used by special operations forces to help keep certain items of equipment afloat (i.e. Radios, rucksacks). Also doubled as a nice pillow. Dated 1968.

Canteen, Collapsible 2 quart (2nd Issue). Issued in 1966 the 2 quart collapsible canteen consisted of a clear square, heat molded vinyl bladder with an M1910 pattern cap and chain. The nylon carrier featured a Velcro flap at the top but lacked "D" rings on the sides to allow carrying with a strap. This restricted it's placement to a pistol belt or horizontal strap of a tropical rucksack frame. This made use of the canteen awkward and hard to reach when carrying other equipment. This fact, combined with heat sealing difficulties of the bladder rendered it unsatisfactory and was quickly replaced in 1967 by the second, and now standard issue 2 quart collapsible canteen which corrected these deficiencies.

BACK TO TOP

M1967 First Aid Case. Constructed of nylon duck with a plastic snap.

BACK TO TOP

Canteen, Collapsible, 2 qt. (2nd Issue). This example prototype (Limited Production) of the second issue, 2 qt. canteen has a plastified canvas cover in a dark olive green color. It has no felt liner on the inside which the later standardized 2nd issue contained to aid in keeping it's contents cool. An outside pocket was designed to contain a bottle of water purification tablets. The canteen its self was made of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer which seems very flimsy to the touch. This canteen and cover is dated 1967.

BACK TO TOP

Page 1 | 2