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The WW2 US Medical Research Centre has an extensive catalog of images and descriptions of World War II medical kits, vehicles, clothing, veterinary equipment, bags, field manuals, and more. There are also historical photos from the war sprinkled throughout.

As the spelling of “centre” in the title gives away, the site was actually started by two European WWII medical collectors and re-enactors, Alain S. Batens and Ben C. Major.

The “WW2 US Medical Research Centre” started out as a private venture between two WW2 US medical collectors and re-enactors living in Europe. Using a variety of sources, primarily original WW2 documents, we were able to create an on-line database containing the list of all WW2 US Medical Department Item Numbers and their descriptions. We soon realised that this database was an invaluable research tool for anyone interested in the period. As a result, the database was further expanded, and the basic project grew to encompass a number of other resources for both collectors and re-enactors to use for their research.

Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.

  • MauiJerry

    This is an interesting cache of information on WW2 tech. A related one for which I’d love to find more info is over at USArmyModels – in particular the Ordinance Maintenance Truck
    Apparently there were several styles of these Mobile Maker Vehicles built for WW2. I’ve seen some other sites reference similar vehicles of that and some later wars.
    I have not seen any pics but I have heard there were some Mobile Maker Vehicles in operation in Iraq/Afganistan with CNC capabilities. I’d love to find some info on these.

    I’ve been collecting pics of Mobile Maker/FabLab Vehicles in a flickr set ( Most of these are of the Robotic Alliance Van created by the State of Hawaii and BAE Systems to support FIRST Robotics events on Oahu. I also got some of the new SparkTruck at Maker Faire 2012.

    I’d love to see a MAKE article (series?) on various vehicles like this… historical, military, DIY, etc.

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