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US Shelter Half, 1st Model
US Shelter Half, 1st Model

: $79.99


Product Description

New reproductions of the shelter half issued to US troops during WWII. This is the 1st model, in olive drab no. 3, with one closed end.

These can be combined with a second shelter half to make a pup tent, which leaves one end open.

Four can be joined to make a larger tent that can be closed at both ends.

In 1943, a new model appeared that allowed both ends of the pup tent to be closed.


Marked "Kirkman 1941".

Complete tent (2 shelter halves, poles, pegs and ropes.)

This listing is for ONE shelter half. It takes 2 to make a tent.

Made in USA

1. We no longer make these here as we cannot obtain the fabric domestically anymore. The quality is on par with the ones we used to produce.

2. Each soldier was issued ONE shelter half. He was then to combine his with those of his fellow troops to pitch their tents.

3. Ropes, guy lines, poles and pegs sold separately.

4. Approximately 9 ft x 4.5 ft.

Getting the peg ropes though the grommets

I found this to be a real S.O.B. of a job at first. After couple minutes of consternation, I double checked our rope and grommet sizes against the originals to be sure we hadn't measured incorrectly as it appears there is no way these will fit- but they do. Following more head scratching, I had a Macgyver moment and found a solution:

I'm not sure if this is the "1942 approved" method, but it works well. Use a standard G.I. shoe lace, feed it through from what you want to be the outside of the grommet (right and left halves will need to be threaded opposite from one another), loop the rope through it, and use the shoe lace to pull the rope through. You will still need to compress the rope at the tip as much as possible with your fingers, but this works far better than fingers alone. Once the rope is through the grommet, then knot each end to prevent it from slipping out or fraying.

Feed shoe lace through
the grommet from the
Compress the end as
much as possible to
start it through
Pull through Knot the ends

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