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Lend Lease uniforms & gear that made its way to Latin America

Post  Billy Paul on Sun 22 Mar 2009, 6:09 pm

Yesterday I happened upon this interesting bit of information about U.S. Lend Lease uniforms and gear sent to Latin America during the Second World War. I put this in the Central America section because though it deals with not just Central- but South America and the Caribbean, from what I've seen of Latin American armies of that period the ones whose uniforms appear to have been U.S.-influenced already anyway were, except Mexico, the Central American (and Caribbean) armies, many of whom look like they were wearing surplus U.S. Army or Marine uniforms in the 1930s. Anyway the webpage is at
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/ref/LL-Ship/LL-Ship-4.html

and here is some of what I found there, arranged the way I wished they had arranged it:


Mexico-
301 "Shirt, Cotton Khaki, EM"
602 "Trousers, Cotton Khaki"
53 "Trousers, HBT"
301 "Cap, Field, Garrison, EM, Cotton"
289 "Cap, Herringbone Twill"
50 "Jacket, HBT, Special"
14 "Suit, 1 pc, Coveral, HBT"
240 "Suit, 1 pc, Working, HBT"
284 "Raincoat"
556 "Gloves" [pair]
287 "Gloves, Mosquito"
14 "Gloves, Protective, Impermeable"
255 "Gloves, Wool, OD w/Leather Palms"
292 "Helmet, Steel, Complete M1917"
301 "Suspender, Belt, M1936"
9 "Mittens, Asbestos, M1942"
752 "Shoes, Service, EM"
903 "Socks, Tan"
602 "Towels, Various"
30 "Axe, Intrench, M1910 w/Hdle, & Carr."
288 "Belt, Pistol or Revolver, M1936"
288 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"
286 "Blanket, Wool, OD M1934"
286 "Canteens, Various"
273 "Cans, Meat"
577 "Covers, Canteen, etc."
1 "Goggles, Polarized"
301 "Necklace, Identifi. Tag w/Extension"
602 "Tag, Identification w/Tape"
357 "Pocket, Magazine, Double Web, EM"
55 "Roll, Waterproof, Bedding M1935"



Guatemala-
6 "Overcoat, Parka Type, Pile Line"
700 "Canteens, Various"
700 "Cans, Meat" [mess tin]
50 "Pickmattock, Intrenching"
100 "Shovel, Intrenching"
50 "Cutter, Wire, w/ Carrier"
700 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"



El Salvador-
15,000 "Blouses, Cotton Khaki"
3,000 "Cans, Meat"



Honduras-
500 "Shirt, Cotton Khaki, EM"
1,200 "Trousers, Cotton Khaki"
2,000 "Helmet, Steel, Complete M1917"
2,500 "Belt, Cart. Cal. .30 Dsmtd, M1923"
500 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"
2,500 "Canteens, Various"
500 "Cans, Meat"
500 "Blanket, Wool, OD M1934"
500 "Haversack, M1928"
500 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"
500 "Shovel, Intrenching"
500 "Tent, Shelter Half, w/Pins & Poles"
50 "Trumpet, G w/Slide to F"


Nicaragua-
110 "Helmet, Steel, Complete M1917"
110 "Leggings, Various"
300 "Shoes, Service, EM"
1,610 "Belt, Cart. Cal. .30 Dsmtd, M1923"
10 "Belt, Pistol or Revolver, M1936"
110 "Canteens, Various"
110 "Cans, Meat"
150 "Cups, Tin or Zinc Coated"
110 "Carrier, Pack M1928, 5 Gal. Can"
1,610 "Haversack, M1910"
35 "Machete, Blade w/Sheath"
110 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"


Costa Rica-
1,000 "Cap, Field, Garrison, EM, Cotton"
3,000 "Shirt, Cotton Khaki, EM"
3,000 "Trousers, Cotton Khaki"
1,000 "Helmet, Steel, Complete, M1917"
1,000 "Suspender, Belt, M1936"
1,000 "Belt, Cart. Cal. .30 Dsmtd M1923"
1,000 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"
1,000 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"
1,000 "Leggings, Various"
968 "Shoes, Black, Rebuilt"
5,000 "Socks, Tan"
2,000 "Ties, Various"
5,000 "Blanket, Wool, OD M1934"




Haiti-
5,000 "Breeches, Khaki Cotton"
5,000 "Coat, Cotton Khaki, High Collar"
2,000 "Coat, Cotton OD"
3,000 "Shirt, Cotton Khaki, EM"
430 "Raincoat"
13,100 "Cap, Field, Garrison, EM, Cotton"
2,000 "Hat, Working, Denim Brown"
5,000 "Drawers, Wool, Knee Length"
20,200 "Undershirts, Summer Sleeveless"
3,000 "Shoes, Service, Black"
10,350 "Socks, Tan"
1,000 "Axe, Intrench, M1910 w/Hdle, & Carr."
1,000 "Pickmattock, Intrenching"
1,000 "Shovel, Intrenching"
200 "Belt, Pistol or Revolver, M1936"
7,400 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"
1,000 "Canteens, Various"
1,000 "Cans, Meat"
1,000 "Haversack, M1928"
1,300 "Blanket, Wool, OD M1934"
1,000 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"


Dominican Republic-
6,000 "Leggings, Various"
1,300 "Raincoats"
4,000 "Shoes, Black, Rebuilt"
10,000 "Socks, Tan"
30,000 "Undershirts, Summer, Sleeveless"
2,120 "Belt, Cart. Cal. .30 Dsmtd M1923"
6,000 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"
3,000 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"
300 "Blanket, Saddle OD"
3,000 "Blanket, Wool, OD M1934"
3,000 "Canteens, Various"
3,000 "Can, Meat"
1,000 "Haversacks, M1928"
1,600 "Belt, Cart. Cal. .30 Dsmtd, M1923"
2,000 "Shovel, Intrenching"
3,000 "Tent, Shelter Half, w/Pins & Poles"



Cuba-
36 "Suit, 1 pc. Coveral, HBT"
10,000 "Belt, Cart. Cal. .30 Dsmtd M1923"
10,000 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"
6,000 "Canteens, Various"
12,000 "Cans, Meat"
12,000 "Haversacks, M1928"
8,000 "Tent, Shelter Half, w/Pins & Poles"




Colombia-
500 "Leggings, Various"
300 "Belt, Pistol or Revolver M1936"
500 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"
8,000 "Axe, Intrench, M1910 w/Hdle. & Carr."
8,000 "Shovel, Intrenching"
13,000 "Canteens, Various"
10,000 "Haversacks, M1910"
10,000 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"


Venezuela-
10,000 "Helmet, Steel, Complete M1917"
500 "Axe, Intrench, M1910 w/Hdle, & Carr."
1,600 "Pickmattock, Intrenching"
8,000 "Shovel, Intrenching"
1,000 "Machete, Blade w/Sheath"
1,000 "Cutter, Wire, w/ Carrier"
14,000 "Canteens, Various"
15,000 "Cans, Meat"



Ecuador-
71,837 "Blouses, High Collar, Oil Style"
15,027 "Blouses, High Collar, Oil Style, Wool"
60,134 "Breeches, Khaki Cotton"
20,000 "Trousers, Cotton Khaki"
10,000 "Trousers, Wool, OD"
19,999 "Breeches, Wool, OD"
15,000 "Cap, Garrison, Wool, OD"
11,000 "Cap, Garrison, Wool, Spruce Green CCC" [Civilian Conservation Corps]
10,000 "Helmet, Steel, Complete, M1917"
9,000 "Belt, Cart. Cal. .30 Dsmtd M1923"
15,000 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"
40,000 "Leggings, Various"
10,741 "Overcoat, Long, w/o Buttons"
9,937 "Raincoats, Spruce Green Rubber"
2,000 "Blanket, Saddle OD"
5,000 "Blanket, Wool, OD M1934"
27,000 "Canteens, Various"
8,000 "Can, Meat"
1,500 "Cups, Drinking"
10,500 "Carrier, Pack, M1928 5 Gal. Can"
35,000 "Haversacks, M1910"
1,000 "Machete, Blade w/Sheath"
1,000 "Shovel, Intrenching"
17,000 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"
18,000 "Tent, Shelter Half, w/Pins & Poles"



Peru-
60,000 "Blouses, Cotton Khaki"
120,072 "Breeches, Khaki Cotton"
11,000 "Coat, Mackinaw, CCC Spruce Green"
5,535 "Raincoat, Spruce Green"
2,500 "Boots, Rubber, Hip"
2,389 "Boots, Rubber, Knee Length"
2,500 "Leggings, Various"
25,000 "Shoes, Boots, Rebuilt, War Aid, (Parachute)"
1,000 "Helmet, Steel, Complete M1917"
3,000 "Axe, Intrench, M1910 w/Hdle, & Carr."
5,000 "Pickmattock, Intrenching"
9,750 "Shovel, Intrenching"
3,650 "Cutter, Wire, w/ Carrier"
10,000 "Belt, Cart. Cal. .30 Dsmtd, M1923"
2,500 "Belt, Pistol or Revolver, M1936"
2,500 "Pocket, Magazine, Double Web, EM"
10,800 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"
43,000 "Canteens, Various"
7,500 "Cans, Meat"
2,522 "Blanket, Wool, OD M1934"
8,500 "Tent, Shelter Half, w/Pins & Poles"
2,500 "Carrier, Pack M1928, 5 Gal. Can"
7,500 "Haversack, M1910"
9,500 "Pouch, First Aid Packet, M1924-1941"
7,850 "Spurs, M1911"



Chile-
100,000 "Blouses, Cotton Khaki"
100,203 "Breeches, Khaki Cotton"
500 "Leggings, Various"
500 "Belt, Cart. Cal. .30 Dsmtd M1923"
200 "Belt, Pistol or Revolver M1936"
1,000 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"




Bolivia-
1,000 "Coats, Mackinaw, CCC Spruce Green"
1,000 "Coats, Wool, CCC Spruce Green"
1,500 "Shirt, Cotton Khaki, EM"
1,500 "Trousers, Cotton Khaki"
1,000 "Trousers, Wool, Spruce Green, CCC"
1,000 "Shirt, Flannel, OD"
500 "Suit, 1 or 2 pc. HBT, Special"
1,500 "Drawer, Cotton Shorts"
1,500 "Undershirts, Summer, Sleeveless"
1,500 "Gloves, Cotton, White"
1,000 "Gloves, Wool, OD"
1,000 "Leggings, Various"
1,000 "Shoes, Black, CCC"
1,000 "Shoes, Service, EM"
1,500 "Socks, Tan"
1,000 "Belt, Web Waist, M1937"
1,000 "Blanket, Wool, OD M1934"
30,030 "Canteens, Various"
1,000 "Can, Meat"
1,000 "Haversacks, M1928"
1,000 "Tent, Shelter Half, w/Pins & Poles"




Paraguay-
10,000 "Helmet, Steel, Complete M1917"
10,000 "Cans, Meat"

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Interesting - so that's where the helmets went

Post  mconrad on Sun 27 Jun 2010, 7:37 am

So they shipped over 20,000 old World War One helmets south - so that's what happened to them when the new WWII helmet was introduced ; )

Why did Mexico get exactly 292? Is that what fit in the box? Funny, a lot of the Mexican lot quantities were between 280 and 290, maybe enough to oufit a couple of companies.

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