Original WW2 items are becoming increasingly hard to come by, especially in any quantity, so when I get the opportunity, I take it. I managed to acquire a small lot of these original WW2 U.S. Marine Corps ponchos at a decent enough price to pass the savings on to you.
These were used from about 1942-1945 and even through to the Korean War by Marines and Corpsmen. These were made using a canvas exterior and thin rubber layer sandwiched in between, and offered a decent amount of water protection when worn.
What to expect: These are all used, and were in storage for MANY years. They used Talc powder to preserve them, so they appear to be faded, but with a good use in the rain or a soak in the bathtub, they look better. THESE WILL ALL BE VERY "CRUNCHY" AS THE RUBBER LAYER HAS DRIED OUT. THESE ARE BEING SOLD SUPER CHEAP. Some people have had luck making these a little more pliable and use them for reenacting or just display. If you soak them in warm water for a couple hours, they become pliable until dried. I was disappointed to receive all of these in this shape, but I guess you can't win them all. My Loss, your gain. When these are gone, they're gone.
Most I've seen are dated 1944-1945 and marked USMC with their respective manufacturer. Please also expect dirt, stains, mild fading, and other imperfections concurrent with military use. That all being said, I haven't found any holes in them so far, which is a really good thing.
These are genuine surplus, and are now very collectible as well as practical. If you reenact WW2 USMC, this is a must-have item for your kit and for those reenactments when nature hates you and it's raining constantly.
I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get these again, so don't wait too long!