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The covers are secured with three leather straps with black painted or parkerized steel buckles. A leather re-inforcement was stitched to the back of each bag. Other than that they are similar to the WLA Bags.

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Original bags in good condition are extremely rare! These scabbards were fitted in the unit's motorpool from Quartermaster Department stocks and were not issued with the bike upon delivery from the Harley-Davidson factory. Vehicles and weapons were supplied by the Ordnance Corps. The headlight glass has been painted over for Black-Out purposes. The uniform worn by the Officer is the standard wool shirt and trousers, with a pair of Jump Boots.

Ranks and Engineer Branch insignia are worn on the shirt collar. Thompson Sub Machineguns are carried in leather scabbards, except for the WLA in the foreground where the gun has been put into the bracket without scabbard. The barrel, receiver and Lyman adjustable rear sight of the gun are clearly visible. T4 James W Mattingly top row 2nd from right was a radioman and had 4 brothers in the Division of which one was captured at the Kasserine Pass. All survived the war. Note the yellow star and other markings on the Half Track, typical for this period!

Except for the early types which came with the keyed ignition switch, the 42WLA had no provision to immobilize the bike and prevent theft or unauthorized use. But since the key used on the iginition was the standard H model used for all locks of US Army vehicles of the period ignition, tool compartments, doors etc Therefore many GIs carried a piece of heavy-duty chain and padlock in the saddlebags to allow secure parking of their ride whenever they had to leave it unattended. JONES' bike'. The name of the rider has been painted on the leatherette windshield apron.

The style of the marking suggests first name initials rather than the rank of Lieutenant L. The front fender is marked over HQ, which shows the bike belongs to the Headquarters of the th Civil Affairs Regiment stationed in Italy at the end of the war in Europe. The absence of weapons and the tan cotton uniforms worn by the soldiers confirm this picture was most probably taken in the summer of These commissions were established to run the defeated countries until they could govern themselves again.

Military Police Sirens. WLAs equipped with a siren were the exception to the rule during the war. On occasion a commercial model was mounted on motorcycles as shown on the picture below. The AFHQ was the headquarters that controlled all Allied operational forces in the Mediterranean Theater from late to the end of the war. The markings on the bike's front fender further confirm this picture was taken in Italy very late in WW2 or even in the immediate postwar period.

Rome was situated in the US Army's Mediterranean Theater of Operations to which the latter part of the marking refers. Some parts of the bike i. Of special interest is the siren mounted on the frame near the rear wheel. Although a rear tire driven siren is a popular accessory on many restored bikes, it was not commonly mounted on WW2 WLAs.

From Type V on, the larger Tool Kit , containing more tools, was provided. Although not shown in the manual, the tire pump issued with the Type V and later was longer than the one with the earlier tool kit. Whether or not the earlier types were retrofitted with the larger tool roll in the motorpool is not clear, but safe to assume Harley-Davidson bought its tools mainly from the J.

Danielson Company Inc of Jamestown, N. No doubt as war progressed other makes were included in the tool rolls, either at the factory or in a unit's motorpool.

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The table below gives a list of the tools carried in the tool roll, along with the different manufacturers of the tools. The columns on the right show which tools were included in the early and late sets. Below are examples of complete kits It was carried in a separate pouch. The sheet is dated October Tools were supplied in complete kits, but also available separately. Separately packed Spark Plug Wrench from the webmaster's collection.

After installing the petcock to the gas tank and replacing the choke valve the blowtorch could be filled up with gas from the tank and used to heat up the engine cylinders and carburetor. After heating engine starting would be easier It is equipped with a red pursuit light above the horn and of special interest is the rear wheel driven siren, which is operated by a small pedal mounted on the front chain guard.

But it seems they were sometimes carried in one of the saddle bags. Here an extinguisher is mounted on the rear fender towards the front of the luggage rack while a First Aid kit is attached to the rack. The box is the early model with hinged cover. Tires on this bike are the Firestone Champion type in 4. Photo from Justin DeSantis. Spare Parts Kit.

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The Spare Parts Roll contained a selection of parts to allow roadside repair. HD-Part Number. Photo from the Webmaster's Collection 'Rock of the Marne'. The bike looks like a Type III. Although the Ammo Box is missing from the bracket, it is clear the bracket is of the first type.

The large tool roll has been attached to the rear safety bars just above the battery box. The pockets holding wrenches and other tools are visible in the center of the roll. The leather saddle bags are rather unuasual and look more like Cavalry Bags. Wide straps from an M Bedding Roll? These kind of straps were generally used to fasten personal equipment to the bike.

Often a rider found himself separated from the other vehicles carrying his extra gear, so messenger took whatever they could with them.

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Markings are limited to a circled star on the tank. Motor Vehicle Operator's Permit and personal paperwork. The permit was issued after a drivers' examination and signed by an Officer. Photo and permit from the Webmaster's Collection 'See Naples and..!!??.. W which indicates the bike was a Type II. The lack of Black Out Driving light on the left of the headlight seems to confirm this; although a BO-light has been added above the headlight.

The markings on the front fender are not clear, but are most probably markings for a IInd Corps unit. Cossette wears the standard wool uniform with a Winter Combat jacket aka Tankers' Jacket and 'Airway' type goggles on a white painted helmet liner. Front and rear view of Pvt Cossette's permit. This manual was issued after a soldier had passed the driver's examination and it provided vital information about military drivers' duties and competences. TM is the edition of the Driver's Manual and it was superseded in late by TM Both manuals are shown with a Motor Vehicle Operator's Permit , Form 26 Driver's Accident Report and a Form 46 Driver's Trip Ticket which held all information about a certain itinerary and mission performed by a driver in a specific vehicle. While the 'Motor Vehicle' manual described Army vehicles and their use in general, the manual about 'The Motorcycle' provided the rider with a vast array of information about his motorbike and how to ride and maintain it. All manuals and Paperwork shown are from the Webmaster's Collection.

Military Motorcyclist's Uniform. Whatever Dispatch Riders wore depended not only on their unit or rank but also upon their ingenuity; the GI being famous for scrounging around to improve his gear.