docdean64 wrote:The Unit 10 Pack depicted on the PTO reenactor (my son actually) is one of the US Navy versions of a soft medical pack. They are a "duffle bag" style design with a top opening that rolls down to keep out water /sand and are horrible for accessing anything without having to dump the whole pack. They were made to be worn ashore by Navy Medical Troops during Beach Assaults and then dumped to establish treatment / aid stations. Each type pack held various supplies as described by the "UNIT" and then a number to designate the contents. I think the "10"'s were Surgical Supplies just off the top of my head. Some of these packs were altered and mounted to a packboard as shown, while others had a medics yoke sewn to them and were carried that way. I think the Unit's with the heavier items were hauled via packboard. I have examples of both if interested.
In regard to the ARMY style soft medical supply packs I know that some units built simple light wooden boxes (wood was very thin like cigar box weight) that fit inside the packs and that is how they organized / contained the supplies. I saw a med pack, wooden box insert, pack board and spoiled contents many years ago when I did German. Sadly I paid it only passing attention as it was not my collecting genre. I could just kick myself for walking on by without a close study now!! That whole set came from an US Army medical unit that served in the PTO, or so it was marked.
docdean64 wrote:Ah Yes the S-14 ! Holy Grail of all med pouches. I too wish I had one and almost had a repro from a guy a few years ago who made flawless repros of specialized gear, but he never followed through. Your certainly welcome for the info Martyn. I'm thinking about auctioning off a rather extensive lot of Naval Medical Chests and related USN items on eBay in the near future. I'll give you guys he heads up when I do. They are fairly heavy items though so shipping may be a real issue if they go very far.
The Navy Beach Assault Packs surface (pun intended) now and again. Depending on condition they can command a very high price, as much as $2-300 primarily because they are just so scarce. The cheapest decent one I saw was about $75. I suspect all things Navy Medical will skyrocket after the release of the PTO version of "Band of Brothers" in the near future. At least I hope, I have a kid in College!
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