Here's another photo essay for you to enjoy....
|From the duffel bag of private 1st class J.F Wheeler aka Wheel
4th marine div,this nice salty example of a classic p44 utility cover
|Faded EGA stenciled on the crown
|Side/side the Army issued cap and the USMC p44.the Marines cover had a longer bill and higher crown.
|Eyelets position comparison
|Typical example of an USMC use of an army hat
The common mistake among young collectors is to believe that the sort bill HBT cap was part of the P41 Marine utilities ,as in fact ,it was an army issued item that was widely used by the Marine Corps in the early days of war in the PTO and often associated withe the "raiders look".This Army issued cap was sometimes worn with a screw on brass EGA on the crown or the bill . It's only in 1944 along with the newly designed set of utilities ,that the Marine Corps introduced its own cap the P44. You hardly seen them on period pictures worn before Iwo Jima campaign. The HBT utility cover was issued ,with some variations ,from 1944 to 1959, when the material changed to cotton sateen...
|GI sporting his issued hbt cover
|Marines on Iwo Jima playing cards
|Marines from the 5th div on Iwo Jima