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PERSONAL KIT

This page will illustrate what sort of items might be found in the pockets of a member of the airborne forces during WW2.

 

Above: An original British Army ID card.

 

Above: Military Issue "Red Cross" ID card. As issued to all personel attached to medical units.

 

Above: A British Army issue "A.T.P" (Army Time Piece) wristwatch.

 

Above: Details of the markings found on the back of the watch.

 

Above: ID tags issued to an RAMC soldier. One red & green tag were worn around the neck; if a soldier was killed the green tag would remain on the body, and the red tag would be removed for casualty records.

 

Above: Some examples of British currency, which may have been found in the soldiers pockets.

 

Above: The AB 439; Officer's Record of Service.

 

Above: The OR's (Other Ranks) AB64; Soldier's Service & Pay Book.

 

Above: Escape Kit, would contain a silk map, small brass button compass, blood chit & a hacksaw blade.

 

Above: New Testament Bible.

 

Above: A few examples of the cigarettes available at the time.

 

Above: Various types of WW2 era matches.

 

Above: Various examples of private purchase lighters from the period.

 

Above: Pipe smoking continued to be popular during WW2. Here are various typical examples.

 




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