Polishing, Washing and Shaving Kit - Second
Artifacts courtesy the Calgary
|A selection of cleaning kit is shown at left,
including two pistol cleaning rods (with a slotted tip for inserting a cleaning rag),
metal oil bottles, two pull throughs (with a loop on one end and a brass weight on another
- the brass end was dropped through the barrel, and then used to pull the looped end (with
cleaning rag inserted) through the barrel after it.) The items are resting on a
khaki carrying bag with drawstring closure.
right is a pull through - with brass end and cloth rags inserted into loops.
Artifact courtesy the Calgary Highlanders
||A khaki handkerchief, along with another example
of the sewing kit (this view shows the cloth tapes). The needles are inserted into a white
rag, and the thread is kept on cardboard formers. The shaving kit is marked
"Gilette" and has a stainless steel razor rather than a brass one as in the
Artifacts and photo courtesy
Sergeant Karen DalPio, Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada
|Holdall, showing a shaving kit, shaving brush,
soap and soap dish, button stick, toothbrush, metal comb, tube of shaving cream, tube of
tooth paste and pack of razor blades. Alternately, tooth powder was still in use at
this time, and straight razors were also still common in lieu of safety razors.
At left is a sewing kit, with a pair of scissors and set of safety pins, in
addition to the items shown above. A c-broad-arrow marked blanket is shown, as well
as two booth brushes (marked Boeckh 1942 and 1940 Meaking). In the centre are a
MacDonald's cigarettes tin, Tip Top cigarette paper, and a Dunhill lighter with the box it
not as versatile as the American M1 helmet, the Canadian Mk II could, like its American
counterpart, be used as a wash basin. A single retaining screw held the liner in
place, and by replacing the screw backwards (with the head inside the helmet, the shell
would hold water. Veteran soldiers often drained water from the radiators of running
vehicles in order to equip themselves for shaving. At left is a disassembled helmet,
showing rubber head pad, liner, and shell, along with the brass retaining screw.