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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:32 am 
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Hello Friends,

I have had this pack for going on 20 years. As I am starting to fill out our unit's medical impression, I pulled it out to work on fitting it out.

What was this pack called?

To whom was it issued?

What was carried in it?

How widely used were they?

Were these later war developments of the Don and Sugar packs? Or, were they something developed for airborne use? Or, were they something developed for jungle use to complement the new 44 equipment? Or, for something totally different?

[I note that Regimentals is listing one ( http://www.regimentals.co.uk/viewphoto. ... 005&phqu=7 ) calling it a WWII BRITISH AIRBORNE AID BACK PACK.]

Thank you for your collective observations and comments.

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Lovely pack. Not sure if they can help, but this is the best site on WW2 British medical kit: http://www.spanglefish.com/16parachutef ... /index.asp If they haven't got it on their site, I'm sure if you emailed them they could help with identification.

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I'd send a private message to airlandingmedic on here (Dickie Townsley) or contact him via the 16PFA website that Ed suggested, I'm certain he will be able to answer your question(s)


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Hi John,

The pack is as far as I'm aware something called "Outfit, First Aid, Large". Which is a standard RAMC bit of kit, The Airborne might have used them, as they often used many standard bits of RAMC kit, but its certainly not designed as "Airborne". Contents included:

OUTFIT, FIRST AID, LARGE

Haversack containing:
Contents card x 1
Acid tannic jelly, 4oz tubes x 1
Bag, calico, for gauze x 1
Bandage, triangular (2 in pack) x 4
Bandages WOW, 2 in. x 2 yds x 12
Bandages WOW, 3 in. x 4 yds x 12
Bath, eye, plastic, x 1
Containers, Tin, to hold 1.5 oz bott of liq iodi mitis x 1
Containers, Tin, Tablets x 1
Depressor, tongue, medium, plated x 1
Forceps, Artery SW, 5.5 in. x 3
Forceps, Dressing, plain, 5 in. x 1
Forceps, splinter x 1
Gauze, absorbent, 2.5 yd. pkts x 2
Lint, absorbent, 4 oz pkt. x 1
Liq iodi mitis (rubber stoppered) oz 1.5
Paraffinum molle flavum, 4 oz tubes x 1
Pins, safety 1.5 in x 24
Plaster, adhesive 1 in x 2.5 yds x 3
Scissors, counter, 8 in. x 1
Silk, oiled, 36 in. or equiv yds 0.5
Tablets in Tin (Tab oral)
-APC, 5 gr. x 50
-Aspirin, 5 gr. x 175
-Calomel, 1 gr. x 250
-Cascara sagrada, 3 gr. x 30
-Cathartic "No. 9" x 30
-Cough x 60
-Dover's powder, 5 gr. x 25
-Pot. Bromide, 5 gr. x 50
Tab. Solution, Acriflavine, 0.87 gr. x 20
Tab. Solution, Lysol, tin x 1
Thermometers, clinical .5 min, in case x 2
Tourniquet, Samway, 3 ft. x 1
Wool, cotton, absorbent, bleached, 4 oz pts x 1

Hope this helps!

Kind regards,

Dickie Townsley

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To all who have replied. Thank you!

To Dickie, and anyone else who might have such things, would you have pictures of these items?? Is anyone currently sharing label images?

Thank you!

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verg wrote:
To all who have replied. Thank you!

To Dickie, and anyone else who might have such things, would you have pictures of these items?? Is anyone currently sharing label images?

Thank you!

John+


Hi John,

Pleasure to help out! Many of these items can be seen on the 16PFA website, most on the "Personal Loads" page http://www.spanglefish.com/16parachutef ... eid=110837

Other things, such as the Tablet Tin, Samways, etc can be seen again on the website, on the "Medical Equipment Homepage" http://www.spanglefish.com/16parachutef ... eid=105902

I'll email you a few labels which you might find useful!

Cheers,

Dickie

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