This M1942 First Aid Packet was issued by the United States during World War II, and was meant to be carried by individual troops for personal use. It contains a sealed Carlisle small first aid dressing in a metal "sardine" tin, still unopened.
First aid packets containing Carlisle bandages were issued throughout World War II, first in pressed brass or tin containers and later in coated wax or foil wrapped boxes in an effort to save resources. Packets made in 1941 or later included sulfanilamide, a drug used to prevent infections that revolutionized the treatment of wounds on the battlefield.
A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this item.
There is a hole on the bottom end of this pouch, but it still holds the first aid tin securely. There is a stamp on the back dating this packet to 1942. The tin is unopened and in near new condition.