Yes...the famed coconut fiber military sun helmet worn by the Philippine Commonwealth Army as substitute for the campaign "montana peak" hat for drill and garrison duty is now back in fiberglass reproduction faithfully patterned from the original color and design with Army blue hat bands, and Philippine Commonwealth Army insignia (optional).
We have painstakingly researched every angle of the original guinit helmet and gone through various prototype stages to give you the best possible repro you'd be proud to wear on any reenactment or memorial day parade.
Each helmet is manufactured under commonwealth government quality inspection and handled by expertly trained craftsmen with an eye for minute detail.
I will have to get one too. Heck, I know there was some "wheeling and dealing" between air corps types and the PI army! ;D I will get it for the display and say I got it while stationed at Del Carmen. GREAT WORK!!
Msgt. Scott Dunkirk Arizona ground crew living history unit Inc.
Post by greatcardinal on Nov 21, 2008 15:08:37 GMT -5
Hi, I am new a member here. This forum helped me understand and appreciate what the Filipinos did during the war. I have been following all the thread here. I wan't to start making a PA and PS impression. I live at the Bay Area , CA . Can you please give me a list of the gears and uniforms that the PS and PA used? And also If I can put an order of the Guinit Sun Helmet with the Philippine Commonwealth Army insignia. I bought some stuff from Art Garcia before from this forum too. Please let me know do I need to talk to and how to send the payment. Thanks and Keep up the good work here.
I hope this helps. BTW there is a SF PS chapter if you wish to join them for your convience, let me know so I give you more info on them or you can join us too! We welcome more PS reenactor members we are the only PS chapter doing reenacting events.
Post by legionnaire on Nov 22, 2008 15:58:58 GMT -5
That's a good start for the gear you've collected so far for doing Infantryman equipped with a thompson ( only kind allowed in Manila)
What you still need are the ff:
1 - U.S. M1917A1 Kelly steel Helmet with canvass chin strap 2 - M1918 Canteen and khaki cover - Aluminum cap 3 - M4A1 Gas Mask Bag canvass khaki ( standard issue) 4 - canvass khaki Leggings - (army issue 8 hooks/17 holes) 5 - Russet brown ankle boots with toe cap 6 - canvass khaki haversack with WWI mess kit and single button pouch
all this info above and more detailed available courtesy of Victor's research, check them all out in link below with Victor's post.
Post by greatcardinal on Nov 23, 2008 5:27:20 GMT -5
I will try to get those items you listed. Wife will not be that happy, but maybe I can convince her to make it as my Christmas gift... I have a 14th Engineer Regiment DUI and Hat cord for the Campaign hat. Will that work for the impression?
Great to hear we've aroused some PS/PA historical interest in you Paul. You're on your way to a PS impression. A lot of them can be re-used for PA too. Show us some pictures of your impression when you get a chance. Cheers. -victor
Post by greatcardinal on Nov 24, 2008 12:49:58 GMT -5
Thank. I will share some pics as soon as I get one which is good. And also is there a way to research informations for veterans. My grandfather ( may his soul rest in peace) was a veteran of WW II at P.I. . He died like 15 years ago here at Vallejo, CA. I want to know what outfit he belongs to, never had a chance to ask him before. - Paul
Post by legionnaire on Nov 24, 2008 14:37:03 GMT -5
Yes you use the 14th Enginners with it's corresponding color hat cord. Your SF based so you can get a rifle there too. If you can afford it go infantry with the basic rifleman's weapon issued even for the engineers they were issued M1 Garands.
Was your Grandfather in the PS or PA? If PS then you can inquire at the PSHS forum for some help. Ask your folks about your grandfather's military background, they should be able to tell more about his service in WWII.