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https://wwiisoldier.com/product/ww2-us-army-lightning-pack-reproduction/

 

 

I'm thrilled that it is a World War II reproduction, that it is considered part of personal gear, and that they are sold out of them.

 

All of that is very interesting to know.

 

But what they don't say is what the hell it was for. Anybody know?

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Not positive, but was that a medical insignia on the front?     Where is UB ?      GW

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It's a case for an enclosed chemical heating pad, which is activated by water.  The pack is reusable, but I don't think the pack is enclosed in the reproduction.  I doubt there are many originals around.

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8 minutes ago, Tex Jones, SASS 2263 said:

It's a case for an enclosed chemical heating pad, which is activated by water.  The pack is reusable, but I don't think the pack is enclosed in the reproduction.  I doubt there are many originals around.

 

Picture and more info here.  https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/medic-lightningpak-heat-unit-wwii-237120015

 

medic-lightningpak-heat-unit-wwii_212_d509984d81c921e196c8293a1b169ebe.jpg

 

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Thank you Tex and Dave.

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