Carlisle WWII First Aid Packet (FAP) - Replica
The Carlisle Model First-Aid Packet was originally designed at, and took its name from the Carlisle Barracks Military Reservation, Pennsylvania in the early 1920's, the same place where the “Medical Department Equipment Laboratory” was first established on October 1, 1920. First Aid Packets had been in use with the US Military since before WWI in the form of the "FIRST AID PACKET – U.S. ARMY". During WWI millions of First-Aid Packet – U.S. Army (manufactured by Bauer & Black, Chicago, U.S.A.) containing small sterile dressings sealed in a little brass Olive Drab container were carried by US soldiers in a pouch attached to his pistol or cartridge belt.
Following WWI and during WW2, these small First Aid Packets (FAP) were produced by a variety of companies and some changes were made during their production. Officially, according to FM 21-11 this packet was designated - First-aid packet, carried in web pouch attached to cartridge (or pistol) belt, containing — (1) Wound Dressing (1) Sulfanilamide (5 grams) in sterile, individual, double wrapped shaker-top envelope.
In 1942, to easily identify existing FAP's from previous production runs which contained Sulfanilamide but were not identified as such, were recalled, the Sulfanilamide Shaker Envelope added and the Packet refinished in a red-orange colored paint to identify the Packet as containing Sulfa. These type of FAP's are sometimes refereed to as "Early" First Aid Carlisle Packs.
Companies that made these packs during WWII include the Handy Pad Supply Co., Johnson & Johnson and the Bauer & Black Div. of The Kendall Co.
M.A.'s Replica Carlisle First Aid Pack is made of solid colored resin plastic molded from an original unopened brass Bauer & Black Div. of The Kendall Co. packet. These are very accurate, durable and light weight and provide an authentic appearance. These are a cool piece of reenactment gear.
*M.A. recognizes that there are many original First Aid Packets available today from various manufacturing companies in olive-drab and the red-orange color. These can be found in all sorts of conditions from Mint to Poor and at a variety of prices. It is our desire to offer this packet as an inexpensive alternative to using original, historical items for your displays, reenactments and pouch fillers.
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