Tents and Tenting Olive Drab Army Canvas
Large Canvas Tents are heavy, require a lot of storage, many poles and take several people to set up. They come in all sizes. Lets start with the smallest of the tents.
The GP Small (17’6” X 17’6”) is a six-sided pyramidal design equipped with sidewall poles and a center pole. Each side is 8’9, and the eave height is 5’8 with a center peak height of 10 feet and 3 inches. This GP small tent has a front and rear door with screen doors for flow-through ventilation.
The GP Medium
These tents are the older type and suitable for movie props prior to 1970s and can be used to represent several types of tents used by the US military. They are very heavy and exceed 500 pounds.
The GP medium (16′ X 32’) The General Purpose medium tent has a 6 foot high and 4-feet-wide entrance at each end. The GP medium tents entire sidewall easily rolls up and ties in the upright position for flow ventilation.
Specifications and Features:
10 pcs 5’8′ side poles; 2 pcs 6’2′ door poles; 2 pcs 10′ 3″ center pole
Ridge Height 10′; Diameter 16′ x 32′; Floor Area 512 sq. ft; Eave Height 5′,Doors 2
And 1 Stove pipe vent
M 1945 Command Tent
This tent was used as a command tent and could be found as temporary shelter for the commanding officer and used as a briefing room in the outer area. It was in use from 1945 into the Vietnam war.
The Patton Living Historians have used various combinations of the above mention tents.
At the Museum of the American GI in Collage Station Texas we set up a public display and moved Patton Headquarters under the canvas.
Since we are a national organization, We brought in all teenage together at Fort Oglethorpe Georgia, It created quite a foot print.