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  • Unsung Kit of WW2

    This thread is dedicated to the ignored, but important pieces of kit of WW2.

    eg
    US 4.2" Chemical Mortar
    http://www.4point2.org/mortar42.htm
    https://history.army.mil/reference/N.../CWS/CWS12.htm

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  • #2
    The mortar isn't "chemical". The munition is.

    The 4.2" mortar served in many theaters throughout the war and is not "unsung" at all.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    • #3
      go take a nap and quit being such a grouch
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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      • #4
        My offer, the American overshoe and jeep cap
        "Ask not what your country can do for you"

        Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

        you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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        • #5
          What about the Universal Carrier?

          Just about everybody used the things to transport and/or tow just about anything, just about anywhere, Troops_of_the_2nd_Monmouthshire_Regiment_leap_from_their_Universal_carrier_during_an_exercise_near_Newry_in_Northern_Ireland,_26_April_1941._H9234.jpg but nobody even thinks about it these days.

          Last edited by the ace; 27 Nov 19, 16:21.
          Indyref2 - still, "Yes."

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          • #6
            Proximity fuses?
            We hunt the hunters

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            • #7
              The Sten gun magazine reloading tool. If you've ever used one you'll know why it's an unsung hero!

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              The long toll of the brave
              Is not lost in darkness
              Over the fruitful earth
              And athwart the seas
              Hath passed the light of noble deeds
              Unquenchable forever.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
                My offer, the American overshoe and jeep cap
                Definitely the overshoe. The shortage of Overshoes caused a huge AMOUNT OF TRENCHFOOT causalities during the battle for the Hurtgen forest. My father told me that worn but serviceable Canadian overshoes were gratefully accepted- until the crisis passed.
                The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                  The mortar isn't "chemical". The munition is.

                  The 4.2" mortar served in many theaters throughout the war and is not "unsung" at all.
                  How many threads are there anywhere which states it was required for almost every US infantry attack in WW2.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
                    My offer, the American overshoe and jeep cap
                    The overshoe is a hit .
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post

                      The overshoe is a hit .
                      As you all know from me, whole Battalions of us were trained as crews for small landing craft. When we were completed training, the powers that be said," Right, you are now ' Sea going', go to the stores and get your Hammocks'!!! Most of you are youngsters and would never have tried to sling a hammock on an lcm1!! What did we do with them? Why, they spent the war stuffed in my engine room 'Quick Escape' tunnel!! Quick Escape? HA, Ha, ha, ha. Excuse the hysterics I must go and take some of my medicine. lcm1
                      'By Horse by Tram'.


                      I was in when they needed 'em,not feeded 'em.
                      " Youuu 'Orrible Lot!"

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                      • #12
                        The Rebecca / Eureka homing system. It made it possible for transport and clandestine ops aircraft to accurately drop supplies to resistance fighters, paratroops, and others on the ground. The one time it failed was at Arnhem when the 1st Airborne lost four drop zones and the Rebecca transmitters on them, and had a fifth unit fail. At Bastogne the 101st got resupplied by accurate drops using this gear.
                        It was one of the most useful pieces of electronics developed during the war that nobody's heard of.

                        https://www.qsl.net/pe1ngz/airforce/...a-rebecca.html

                        Eureka homing receiver antenna on a B-24.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post

                          The overshoe is a hit .
                          After a soldier ran over a Teller mine with his jeep, a lieutenant wrote, “His clothing and tire chains were found 75 feet from the ground in the tree tops. It snows every day now.” A few men had overshoes; the rest, trying to avoid trench foot by standing on burning Sterno blocks, soon lost any scruples about stripping footwear from the dead.


                          https://www.historynet.com/the-hurtg...ace-of-any.htm
                          The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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                          • #14
                            GQ X-Type Parachute. If a British paratrooper found himself in water, he could unbuckle himself in a second, unlike his poor US counterpart, who had several clasps to undo.

                            https://www.paradata.org.uk/sites/de...?itok=wzn36pis
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                            • #15
                              The P-38 can opener is probably one of the greatest inventions of the war:



                              The TL-28 Pocket Knife is another. You can fix more stuff with one of these than McGuiver...



                              Screwdriver, wire stripper, crimper, knife... It is the first "Leatherman" tool in existence.

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