Check this page for complete military specs on various tents.
This page was last updated:
February 06, 2012
No other new-made WWII era tents follow the same standards for quality and authenticity as we do. We don't cut corners or outsource our WWII era US military canvas tents. That means that we have total control over our production. Our tents are painstakingly replicated to the highest degree in our location by our own staff, from original U.S. Army drawings and specifications. Working from original tents is elementary but working from original drawings and specs is even more valuable since it assures that reinforcements are accurate, hardware is of sufficient quality, and measurements are true.
Canvas used on tents should NOT simply be coated with inexpensive wax coatings that will fade from sun exposure. Neither should the fabric be so light weight that it is translucent to the sunlight. We use the correct width of canvas material in weight and construction that meets or exceeds the US military specs. not foreign or commercial specs. Our canvas is finished with the authentic shade genuine military spec FMWR treatment that won't fade under the sun. We use the correct number of mil-spec eyelets and ropes along the eves. We don't reduce eve lines for the sake of cutting corners. We are also able to produce these tents using alternative canvas fabrics such as light OD #3 or suntan khaki. Please contact us with inquiries about fabric availability.
We do not outsource nor have these made overseas in other countries.
We have sold numerous tents to professional historians, museums, and historical groups with positive praises about durability and authenticity. We have seen competitors use incorrect foreign or commercial spec canvas, non-lightfast (sun-resistant) treatment, reduced ropes and eyelets, modern surplus rope slips, and include modern vinyl reinforcements. Our tents do not include wood uprights or stakes since these items add to the shipping charges and can easily be obtained from contemporary military surplus dealers. We usually keep at least one each of these large tents in stock, ready to ship. However, if we need to make it to order then this tent requires 4-6 weeks to complete, and a 50% deposit must be paid before work is commenced. The balance will be due when the tent is ready to ship.
Aside from the tents shown on this page we can also produce other equally authentic tents such as Early Hospital Ward Tents (16x50) , 1942 Squad Tents (16x32), OD Storage Tents (18x20), and M1942 Command Tents. These are priced on request.
Shown below are prices for complete tents as well as wall tent flies, pyramidal tent hoods, and replacement rope kits, galvanized rope slips sold separately.
No more need to use modern green plastic "dog-bone" tensioners. These are the galvanized steel wire formed loops that are used to adjust the tension of the eve lines of all large military tents and canvas shelters. We had these made from actual WWII era military specs. They are authentic and made to last.
This was the tent that were used as quarters for sailors, airman, marines and troops in the field. Thousands of these tents would make up the majority in what came to be known as "The Company Streets". These tents are authentically made 16'x16'x12' using the well known odorous treated Od canvas, cotton or jute ropes, authentic metal wire slips, steel center plate, and steel chains, and canvas hood.
Special note when sourcing wood poles and stakes: Uprights for this tent are historically 12'3" for the center and 4'9" for the corners. These dimensions are of the wood poles themselves and are not inclusive of the steel spindles. The modern military surplus GP large uprights are 12' tall and are a suitable substitute for the center upright. GP small and medium uprights are 10' tall and thus are too short for use with this tent. The corner poles can be cut to size from modern GP corner poles. Modern military surplus oak stakes are exactly the same design as used during WWII.
Tent with no wood.
Canvas M1934 Pyramidal Tent Hood
This is the canvas cover for the ventilation opening atop the M1934 pyramidal tent. We offer this item separately due to many original tents missing this piece. These are made from the same canvas as used on our pyramidal tents and includes all the appropriate grommets and securing ropes. Ropes are made from 3/8" manila.
Price $85.00 each
Galvanized Sheet Metal M1934 Pyramidal Tent Hoods
Large and Small Wall Tent
(Tent shown is Large Wall Tent replica while on display at D-Day Museum, New Orleans, LA.)
Special note when sourcing wood poles and stakes for the Large Wall Tent: Uprights for the large wall tent are historically 11'0" for the ridge support and 4'9" for the corners. These dimensions are of the wood poles themselves and are not inclusive of the steel spindles. The modern military surplus GP large uprights are 12' tall and are a suitable substitute for the center upright and would require the simple cutting down from 12' to 11'. GP small and medium uprights are 10' tall and thus are too short for use with this tent. The corner poles can be cut to size from modern GP corner poles. Modern military surplus oak stakes are exactly the same design as used during WWII. The sectional ridge pole measures 14' long and the spindle distance is 13'10-1/2". Sectional GP ridge poles can be retrofitted for use by cutting and drilling to size a piece of 4x4 lumber. The edges of 4x4 should be bullnose rounded 1/2" rad. so as to avoid damaging the canvas. Rounding is best performed by a router with a 1/2" rounding attachment. Holes should be drilled with 3/4" butterfly bit. Ends of the lumber can be reinforced with galvanized metal plumber's pipe hanging strap. No sharp edges should touch the canvas.
Special note when sourcing wood poles and stakes for the Small Wall
Tent: Uprights for the large wall tent are historically 9'0" for
the ridge support. This tent was not designed for use of corner poles.
These dimensions are of the wood poles themselves and are not inclusive of the
steel spindles. The modern military surplus GP small uprights are 10' tall
and are a suitable substitute for the center upright and would require the
simple cutting down from 10' to 9'. Modern military surplus oak stakes are
exactly the same design as used during WWII. The sectional ridge pole
historically measures 9' long and the spindle distance is 8' 8-1/2". Ridge
poles can be made for use by cutting and drilling to size 2x4 lumber.
Holes should be drilled with 3/4" butterfly bit. Ends of the lumber can be
reinforced with galvanized metal plumber's pipe hanging strap. No sharp
edges should touch the canvas.
Large and Small Wall Tent Flies
For wood poles and stakes please see special notes above in the wall tents
Replacement Rope KitsWe offer replacement rope kits for various tents separately due to many original tents having missing or decayed ropes. These are made from the same manila ropes as used on our quality tents and eve lines include authentic galvanized steel wire slips. The bottom ends of the ropes have the hand spliced with 4" eyes for the stakes.
M1934 Pyramidal Tent rope replacement kit
This kit consists of both 3/8" and 1/4" manila ropes. Lines included are 24 eve lines, 4 corner lines, 4 corner lacing lines, 6 hood lines, and 1/4" door securing ties.
Small Wall Tent and Fly rope replacement kit
Large Wall Tent and Fly rope replacement kit
Rope kits for other tents are also available upon request.
Early US Army WWII Od #3 Personal Shelter Half $69.99 ea., or two halves $119.99 pair.
This item is made with single end flap and includes a 7'6" length of rope per half. Does not include stakes or poles. Unlike other repro shelter halves, ours will not fade under prolonged exposure to sunlight.
USMC Camouflage Shelter Half $120.00 ea.
No ropes, stakes or poles.
These are authentically constructed using tough-durable cotton duck double-sided printed with authentic colors, correct seams, button holes, grommets, and twisted cotton-rope loops, and all other details. The buttons used are authentic replica double-sided sunburst buttons enameled in OD.
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