Post by ssgtsattilaro on Dec 19, 2007 20:27:30 GMT -5
I have a question about the flak jackets. I have two flak jackets without labels that I have been using for Vietnam reenacting. What is the difference between the Korean War jackets and the Vietnam War jackets?
Assuming it's an M1952A, Tom may know of some very slight differences. The M52A was issued in Korea, but towards the end and it never completely replaced the Marine vests, which were initially issued to everyone.
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Post by foxholetom on Dec 21, 2007 14:20:31 GMT -5
As far as use in Korea, its complicated. Some units, like 3rd ID seemed to mostly have Marine vests. Other units, like the 40th division received large numbers of experimental T52 vests, and small numbers of the finalized M1952A. The older M12 vests were used alongside these as well. Essentially though, Bren is right, the M1952A vest did not really standardize until after the Armistice.
As far as Korean War vs. Vietnam War production, the only difference, in terms of M1952A that I've seen is that the tags read a little different, mostly in terms of nomenclature. I have noticed that some later dated vests have post 1953 pattern dates, however, I'm not sure if there are any appreciable differences.
Then in 1967 you have the M69 stand up collar vest. Its beefier, has a collar, no epulets, and is a darker green.
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