I found an AEF HQ document that stated that the 1st Corps would retain the 8mm chauchat's, but the 2nd and 3rd acorps would be issued the 30.06 models. To me this was pretty amazing. And that they would issue weapons in such a way (which makes sense in terms of rear echelon support, adds credence to the theory that the BAR was to be phased in by unit.
As to the chauchat belt and 30.06 pouch- I found good evidence that the AEF guys had no clue these were being developed in the usa. They totally questioned the need for the chauchat belt, and felt the standard french pouch would work for .30.06 mags as well, but they had a shortage of them so wondered if they should get some sent over as they needed something.
I also found a doc that showed that in the AoO in Germany (Feb 1919 I think) they had twenty five (25) pouches on M1910 hangers made up to carry BAR maqs so that every man could carry an extra or two in an assault. No final answer on it other than they asked for them to be made, and said they were delivered for field testing. TO which I can only assume means they didn't like it for some reason.
I found some good photos as well. nice one of a kerr sling in use at the front, and I think I may have found one of the older hospital corpsman's bag being used by a medic - but I have to go back and peer closely at everything to be sure.
The most frustrating item was a questionaire for the troops asking all about their opinions on various uniforms/ field gear. Unfortunatly, the file only had the questions... and there was not a clue as to where any responses may be.
Edited by jgawne, 14 May 2008 - 11:31 AM.