THANKSGIVING SPECIAL History of Military Kit & Weapons: Generations of change & Improvmnts1916-1951



This is Part-1 of this video; the second part covers the gear from Vietnam to Mogadishu. CSM(Ret) Rick Lamb has been collecting military uniforms and …

25 thoughts on “THANKSGIVING SPECIAL History of Military Kit & Weapons: Generations of change & Improvmnts1916-1951

  1. David D. says:

    I watch all kinds of “kit” videos to just study different load outs. Gotta say this is the most interesting video to date. Thanks for sharing your collection.

  2. Glen McInnes says:

    Thanks for this, I'm planing on doing a piece for my writers workshop featuring US line Infantry from early '42, I'm fairly good with US gear from around '44 or later but watching this I know I was going to put in some gear that was a few years too soon, I'm Australian so I'm better with Commonwealth gear from the interwar and early war years.

  3. Josh Henderson says:

    Thank you for putting the ads in designated places in the videos. I’ve always wandered why no one does this. It is most appreciated.

    Fantastic collection of American fighting history. Thanks for posting this.

  4. Steven Wilson says:

    Sgt Maj: the Marines had the 8 point cap in WW2. But if you want copied…The Marine green service dress uniform came from the WWI Pershing decision to have all US forces dressed the same. It also became the original Pink and Greens that the Army has re-adopted.

  5. Kenn Barrett says:

    Your video illustrates many hours of research as well as gigantic efforts in assembling uniforms & gear. Excellent work! There were a couple of inaccurate remarks made regarding the M-1 carbine however. ". . . a very under-powered rifle round"; and In response, "That's why the guys didn't care for it . . ." First, you're inaccurately representing why the M-1 carbine was initially issued, how its application was effectively developed & that there were many more M-1 carbines manufactured than M-1 Garands. Tens of thousands of Marines' & GIs' lives depended on it. It's true that some felt it was underpowered, but it wasn't meant to compete with or replace the Garand. There were many more, however, who regarded it as an excellent, rugged & dependable weapon. (Ask Audy Murphy!) Your regretable dismissal of it with two inaccurate remarks does an undeserved discredit to the M-1 carbine &, indirectly, the thousands of men who helped win the war with it. Please be careful with your assumptions!

  6. fast richard says:

    Interesting presentation. I had to pause the video at one point and go digging through boxes looking for my Dad's WWII lensatic compass. I didn't find it, but it should be packed away in a box somewhere around here. There do seem to be some available on eBay.

  7. Eric Brenner says:

    First time on your channel, I heard you say that you were both sergeants major and I almost disconnected. Glad I didn't. Excellent data, good presentation.

    "Rough side out" is the term for the suede boots. Almost all boots were issued with the leather rough side out, and the soldiers used entire cans of shoe polish turning them into shiny boots.

    The Tanker Jacket had a "pile" lining., like the later removable field jacket liners and the horrible helmet liner. That we had to account for in the 70's-early 90s.

    I believe the Carlyle bandage also included a packet of sulfa powder.

    The sling on the M1 is reversed, the clip should be at the butt end. You'd take that end off and put your arm through the sling to provide stability for more accurate shooting. In competition shooting, they still hook the sling to a stiff jacket.

    The silk scarf for pilots originated in early days when the engines spit oil into the open cockpits. Silk was the only fabric you could use to wipe the oil off goggles rather than just smearing it around.

  8. adksherm says:

    Amazing kit collection and review! I guess not sleeping is good for hour long videos, lol. I'd love to see a video of the next 50 years of gear! Hope if hes got the kit, you guys decide to do another. You are great together!

  9. Joseph Coppens says:

    Outstanding video. I very much enjoyed the perspective of modern vets comparing the kit of their forefathers with what they used!

    I did a video for my friend's museum and a local library that came out recently. I think it goes hand in hand with what you presented here. It fills in some of the gaps in personal items and uniform pieces (such as footwear) that weren't covered in yours. Your viewers might enjoy it too!

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