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WWII US MILITARY EQUIPMENT MARKINGS -
Many of the items produced for the military during World War Two was marked by the factory. The markings could provide information regarding the type of material used for construction, the date of manufacturing, the factory that produced it, etc.

The data provided here allows the militaria collector the ability to identify some of the markings employed during World War Two. This information can help determine the authenticity of the item in question.

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HELMET MARKINGS MARKING TYPE DESCRIPTION OF THE MARKING
Stamped marking Early WWII Doughboy helmet.
Molded marking M-1 helmet liner marking.
Molded marking M-1 helmet liner marking.



BLADE MARKINGS BLADE TYPE DESCRIPTION OF THE MARKING
Blade 1930's to WWII US Army Officer's sword.



WING MARKINGS WING TYPE DESCRIPTION OF THE MARKING
Thin This is the marking for the Myers company.


Thin This is the marking for the Amico company.



MEDAL MARKINGS MARKING TYPE DESCRIPTION OF THE MARKING
Named Medal The back of most of the US medals could have been engraved with the information such as the name of the soldier, the unit he belonged to, etc..


Numbered medal The side of the medal may have also been marked. The information placed here was usually a number. However, in some cases the name of the soldier, the unit and, as shown in this example, the name of the ship where he served could have been engraved. This practice was more commonly executed during WWI and the early part of WWII.



HAT TAGS TAG TYPE DESCRIPTION OF THE TAGG
Dress hat This tag was sewn to the inside of the hat. It indicates that the hat was tailor made. It has the name of the owner and the date of July 7th, 1942. This is not a common tag to find.
Dress hat This is a stamp that was applied to the leather sweatband of an officer's dress hat. A little coloration has been applied to make the marking stand out better.
Dress hat This is an example of a theater made officer's dress hat tag. The soldier had the hat amde while stationed in England. The tag reads "Expressly for hte United States Forces in European operations". These tags are hard to find.
Dress hat The leather sweatband of the US Army officer's dress hat has been stamped with the size of the hat and the year of manufacture. A broad arrow marking is placed beneath the size. This indicates that the hat was manufactured in England.




 
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