4th Marine Division Third Pattern Canteen Cover


Another 4th Marine Division UNIS marked canteen cover from my collection. 622 stands for 14th Artillery Regiment, Howitzer Battery. It is a third pattern cover, two variants of this type of cover exist, one has a large reinforced stitched hole in the bottom the other does not.



Field repair done with with wire


This cover is the variant with the hole in the bottom. The hole served to purposes, as a drain hole and as a funnel when filling water from a large water can into the canteen.


The names of several Marines have been stamped/written on the bottom of the cover. You can still make out some of them


Because of the distinctive flaps the third pattern was nicknamed the “dog-ear” pattern.


I posted a 4th Marine Division second pattern cover a while back

~ by m1pencil on January 27, 2013.

2 Responses to “4th Marine Division Third Pattern Canteen Cover”

  1. Hi. I don’t have a direct email address for you. This is Eric with 5thMarineDivision.com. I am wondering if you know where I can find any affordable reproduction Japanese flags that are preferably cotton or maybe even silk? I just don’t want polyester. I would love to find one with the rays, but the red dot would be fine too….smaller size or 3’x5′. I need one for general use, which will be handled, but don’t want to buy a really expensive original. Please let me know if you know of anything out there. Thanks again and keep the awesome posts coming!!! Eric

    • Hi Eric,

      Sorry I do not know. Only thing I could easily find are the rather crappy polyester/modern fabric flags. Maybe you can try eBay, from time to time you can get an original plain flag relatively cheap. Most collectors are more interested in the signed “Hinomaru Yosegaki” flags. But a decent repro from cotton or silk would be nice, could use one for reenacting too šŸ™‚

      PS: There are actually two types of WW2 “ray” flags, one with the sun in the center (Army) and one with the sun a little to the side (Navy).

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