Ed, the T-92 crates I've seen are built quite differently from these. The writing I can see does say Type 2 something or other and it looks like 25 pieces of whatever is in them.Buy the way his "seat" appears to me to be ammo crates for the woodpecker machine gun I think.
That's a .30 caliber Browning cleaning rod pouch and kit. I have one just like it in my basement. I use it when I clean my semi auto A4That is a ram rod cleaning kit on his pack. If you zoom up the photo, you can see the guy on the far side has a M1A1 Thompson submachine gun. THe Marine on the ammo crates does appear to have a weeks growth beard: photo has to be shot about 2nd week of the battle. Like most marines, they stencil everything. His helmet and E Tool carrier have his name stenciled on it. Sure looks to be named Martini .
Hope he made it back safe and had a great life.
My thoughts exactly. Maybe his father brought it back from WWI and gave or mailed it to his son.I noticed the 1917 trench knife as well........not a knife in the true sense.
I wouldn't want to get stuck or punched by one......I wonder if it was handed down from a WWI family member vet or just a private purchase. Can't have been issued.......right?
. Can't have been issued.......right?[/QUOTE said:See M.H. Cole's book "U.S. Military Knives & Bayonets". Page 33. Someone speculates the scabbard pictured was made in WWII. This would indicate a re-issue to me. I also read somewhere that they were re-issured in WWII and slightly modified. I can't find at this time where I saw that bit of info.