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solman
Hello All,
I was watching an episode of M.A.S.H. and as a long time fan I don't believe I have ever seen them use a GPA lantern in any episode. I did notice last night a "wickie" being used after a bugout to a new location. I think they used gas lanterns  in Korea but never seen a oil lantern of that period.
What say you guys and gals?
solman,
Coleman collecting, yet another way to clean out my wallet[bawl]
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ecblanks
I would think the standard issue would have been the GPA, but I also guess you could buy whatever you want from local merchants.  But really I have no insight so this is a guess.  Interesting observation.
Carlton - 9/73
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macwacs
I believe that I have seen a GPA lantern in one of the episodes. The "wickie" could have like the above post states but in reality with all of the other GI issued supplies a "milspec" would have been more appropriate.
 My big beef is how they get Soul Korea with the battery operated land line phones that never have the wires hooked up. I have also noticed that there is a standard telephone pole in some scenes along with once seeing high voltage towers way far off in the background. Thought they were supposed to be a mobile unit.?
I have been to where the filming was done and sure enough with a little looking these can be seen in the far distance.
RMW
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solman
Macwacs,
Yes I heard that when the show was made it would have been very expensive and difficult to eliminate the poles this why they do appear in some of the scenes. They were not intended to be there.
I wonder which episode has a GPA lantern?.
solman,
Coleman collecting, yet another way to clean out my wallet[bawl]
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sailman
There was actually several different GPA signs in that series. Two that come to mind are a Ash Flash in the Colonel's office this would be Colonel Blake and the second is what appears to be a 425 dual burner stove without the tank attached.
Greg,  KN4JZZ wtb 6/11 grandson
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curlyjoe_99
in some of the storage area scenes you can see 3 or 4 suitcase stoves stacked on the shelves.
IMHO the show wasn't always period correct in some of the set decorations.  but maybe I am being a bit picky  🙂
Robert (AKA Curly)-- Heart-of-Texas! "Keep 'Em Working"  
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In Search of (ISO): evidence of a 220/228 series lantern dated 2/63    

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SloMetalDoc
I would think kerosene would have been difficult to come by through normal military distribution channels.  Gasoline ran the generators, Willies and everything else up to our main battle tanks, so a GPA makes sense.  Pretty sure we didn’t transition towards an “all diesel/jet fuel” based military toll the introduction of the HumVee and M1A Abrams tank.  Could be wrong here. 

That said the indigenous population would likely have used kerosene for their fuel needs, although this is wild speculation on my part. 
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kb0hae
There was a GPA lantern in the swamp in at least one (early) episode.  I can remember at least one episode where there was a suitcase stove in thew Swamp (sans tank) and a couple OR scenes wit a suitcase stove (again sans tank). 
Its always darkest before you light the Coleman lantern!
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Martin
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Dmacp
I don't think there are any similarities between the M.A.S.H TV show and the real Korean war.
They used them in WWII, I have pictures of them
Dan
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Jesse
MASH is my favorite show. I think in a broad sense the show was accurate in regards to what happens during warfare, i.e., the moral dilemmas and human interactions. If you are looking for equipment accuracy, well, sometimes it misses the mark. Sometimes jeeps are anachronistic etc. A guy could drive himself nuts with the details! 

The problem probably stems from not being able to easily film a GPA working on set. They are very bright, which would have to be compensated for, and they are also noisey which would make it challenging for the sound department. 

-Jesse
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Dmacp
I got you. But your question (thread title) was about the Korean war, not the TV show. Of course it was about wickies, not GPA's so maybe I am taking this out of context. I'm relatively certain wickies were used for the same purpose we use them now-warning and signaling. They outlined runways with them in the wilderness.  In the real war I'm sure gas pressure appliances were used by both sides. The US supplied troops with them. Believe that the US had GPA's used to supply heat to sterilize instruments. That's because I saw a contraption on ebay. I don't have any first hand knowledge of it.
I have pictures of what appears to be a civilian 236 or 237 being used in the Aleutian campaign in WWII. For light in the huts they stayed in. Probably heat as well.
Dan
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Dmacp
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