US Canvas Tents


Updated with more pictures on 9. June 2017
A short - not complete - overview of US made canvas tents
which are very nice and usefull while on tour with your Dodge.
 
Tent small wall.
Already introduced in WW1 (similar pattern)
Made as an officers tent but used for several purposes.
Most common wall tent in WW2 and very often seen on todays military meetings.
 
First two photos are taken by Margaret Bourke-White, LIFE Archiv.
Two American Army nurses in pyjamas gingerly threading their way from tent they
euphemistically refer to as the powder room near tents of the US Army Medical Dept.'s
evacuation hospital where they tend 750 wounded patients from the battlefields of Anzio.
1. Feb. 1944

 

Tent small wall.
Photo: Wallace Kirkland, LIFE Archiv
US troops sitting outside their tent.
1. Jan. 1942


Tent very similar to the small wall.
unknown location, several years before WW2.


Wall tent - inside view.
Lots of space for sleeping or working.

 

Tent small wall.
As shown in the TM.

 
 

Wall tent frame - small.
Tent frame and floor.
From the manual TM 5-280. Construction in the theater of operations.


Original vintage US small wall tent WW2.
Shown here with two part ridge pole for easier transport.
(Private collection command-car.com)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Original vintage US small wall tent WW2.
Note the difference in details of the webbing and eyelet on top and on the side walls.
Shown here with original lenght one part ridge pole.
(Private collection command-car.com)

 
 
 
 

Vintage small wall tents.
Very nice setup seen on Santa Fe Event.


Tent fly.


Wall tent frame - Large.
Tent frame and floor.
From the manual TM 5-280. Construction in the theater of operations.

 

M1934 tent pyramidal.
16" x 16"
Already introduced in 1934 (similar pattern).
Often seen in WW2, hard to find today.
 
First photo was taken by Margaret Bourke-White, Circa 1941, LIFE Archiv.
US Embassy staff members eating in front of mess tent outside the Spaso House,
formerly the US Amb.'s residence, but now being used as the American Embassy's HQ
while Russia's under threat of attack by Germany.


M1934 tent pyramidal.
Photo: Margaret Bourke-White, LIFE Archiv
American WACs Pfcs. Dorothy Dittwald, Dorothy Charpenter decorate small Christmas tree
Sgt. Crawford hangs a Christmas wreath on the door of their tent on the Italian front in the Appennine Mountains.
18. Dec. 1944

 

Pyramidal tent frame - large.
Plan of sleepers and plan of floor.
From the manual TM 5-280. Construction in the theater of operations.


M1934 tent pyramidal.
Seen on Wommelgem Supply Point and Santa Fe Event.

 
 

M1942 tent command post.

 

M1942 tent squad, general purpose.
6 foot.
Seen on Wommelgem Supply Point.


Salvage crating used for construction.
Jeep crate converted to make a comfortable two-man shelter.


Hospital tent frame.
Plan of sleepers and plan of floor.
Material list for the tents.
From the manual TM 5-280. Construction in the theater of operations.

 

Hospital tent frame - large.
From the nanual TM 5-280. Construction in the theater of operations.


Shelter half, pup tent
The fundamental unit of shelter for the U.S. Army in the field.

 

GPsmall / General purpose small
NOT WW2 but a very nice and usefull tent.
Introduced in the mid 1950s(?)
Early canvas versions look great with a Dodge, too.
Detachable white liner, not shown on photo.
(Private collection command-car.com)

 
 
 

Tent, hexagonal, lightweight, M-1950
NOT WW2 but a very nice and usefull tent.
Very cosy with the white canvas liner.
(Private collection Teuto-Treffen)

 
 

Setup of different canvas tents.
Seen on Wommelgem Supply Point.