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21. EQUIPMENT. a. General. The three special service
kits for general entertainment in the field are Kit "B-1"
(AN/TIQ-2) or Public Address and Radio Kit (distribution:
four per Special Service Company-one for each platoon);
Kit "D" or Musical Kit (distribution: four per
Special Service Company-one for each platoon); and Kit
"E" or Theatrical Kit (distribution: four per Special Service
Company-one for each platoon). The use of these three
kits in combination will result in diversified entertainment
programs. The active participation of troops served should
be utilized to the fullest extent. Each Special Service Company
is issued, for training purposes, one standard recreational
equipment kit (radio-phonograph), Kit "B." One
of these kits also is issued automatically by the port quartermaster
at the port of embarkation to each company or similar
unit moving overseas, and this kit will accompany the troops
leaving the port unless specific directions to the contrary are
given by the task force commander concerned. If the task
force commander directs that these kits will not accompany
troops upon their departure, the port commander will arrange
to forward them at the earliest opportunity.
b. Kit "B" (Radio-Phonograph) consists of a portable
radio, portable phonograph, song and fiction books, phonograph
records, and harmonicas. (See app., par. 3.)
c. Kit "B-1" (Radio-Phonograph) is a radio phonograph,
public-address system, with microphone and loud speaker for
broadcasts for radio and recordings and for amplification of
musical and entertainment skits by troops. This kit contains
a gas engine, electric generator 750-watt output. (See fig. 2
and app., par. 4.)
d. Kit "D" (Musical) is a collection of instruments containing
one piano, guitars, mandolins, ukeleles, harmonicas,
tonettes, ocarinas, and various publications and maintenance
parts for musical instruments. (See fig. 3 and app., par. 5.)
e. Kit "E" (Theatrical) consists of theatrical equipment
consisting of costumes, wigs, make-up, kits of grease paints,
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United States. War Department. The Special Service Company., book, January 5, 1944; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9907/m1/21/: accessed February 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.