1904 Russet Marching Shoes
Posted 30 July 2008 - 09:56 AM
I've seen the heel plate on a pair of russet shoes in AGM's catalog some months back. They described the heel plate as aiding movement while marching, for drill use. For example, easier swiveling of the heel during a left flank or right flank march. Does the same thing for stationary drill movements.
Posted 30 July 2008 - 09:58 AM
Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:34 PM
Any date in your shoes? I see there's some depot markings on the liner.
Thanks for the info Frankie. I couldn't find a date, but here are some markings inside the shoes:
Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:15 AM
Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:35 AM
US equipment isn't my hobby at all (I collect WW II German equipment), and I'll really appreciate if you - experts - could help me and answer few questions:
Here is what at first glance seems to me to be a pair of M1904 Marching Shoe, but I'm not sure because I haven't found 100% identical boots on the Web. Brown, grained leather, leather sole. The internal white canvas lining seems to be cutted out and removed, only small rests are visible (deep inside the boots). No markings, despite small leather tab with numbers.
1. Are these M1904 marching shoes? If yes, were there any sub-types?
2. Is it possible to state the production date of this exact pair? (is it true the production was discontinued in 1917?)
3. The sole nails (hobnails) seem to be quite strange, I haven't seen them in any M1904 marching shoes on the Web. What type of hobnails is that?
4. The leather tab with number, stitched to the inside of the boots' tongues - if applied by a soldier, what do the numbers mean? Is it possible to identify the unit via them?
5. Were M1904 shoes sold by US to any European country? These probably come from France, Belgium or Netherlands or UK (were found in second hand shop)... Just wonder if they got there during WWI or later.
Edited by FlamethrowerGuy, 26 February 2012 - 07:38 AM.
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