The Things they Carried… On Their Helmets: A Surprise

18 02 2008

Haven’t I told you? Google is on my side. Sometimes.

Tadaaaa! 

Ladies and Gentlemen, the end of the mystery: From left to right:
A pack of toilet paper, matches, bottle of insect repellent, matches

 
©RollingThunder

So the piece of paper on Barnes’ helmet is something as trivial as weatherproof matches. Beside that, the pack (bottom) used in the movie is an anachronism: it’s the version produced now, the original from 1960s is that one on the top. And the brown thing is toilet paper and not wound dressing as I was so sure.

And what I was looking for? Watches: on some pictures I spotted Wolfe and Barnes wearing identical ones. As I told you, I’m an ignorant to the military matters, I wanted to look it up and see if there was something like army issue of watches. There are. Found them on this nice website for re-enactors http://www.rolling-thunder.org.uk/LOOKS.htm together with the picture above.

A side note: at the beginning of the movie Chris uses a metal “civil” watch, it’s that one he can hardly read through the fogged glass during the night ambush. Later he obviously decides to replace it by the waterproof army version.


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