This post probably falls under the category of “way too much information” in respect to what most folks want or care to know about the overseas cap as worn by the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.
However, I’ve endeavored to make this post as complete as possible for future WW I Nerds like me.
To those of you, who haven’t quite reached nerd status, and have far less interest in this particular topic, please allow me to apologize in advance for this post’s absurd length!
Nevertheless, this is the first (and the longest) of a three part series devoted to the WW I Overseas Cap:
- Part I: U.S. Army Overseas Caps & Insignia
- Part 2: USMC & U.S. Navy Overseas Caps & Insignia
- Part 3: Women’s Services & Charitable Volunteers Overseas Caps & Insignia
There’s absolutely no way that I could have compiled a post of this magnitude without a great deal of assistance from a number of very helpful individuals.
So it’s a hearty thanks and hat’s, err, I mean …cap’s off to all of my accomplices: Brennan Gauthier, the proprietor of Portraits of War.wordpress.com website, and from forum members Jagjetta, Trenchrat, Dr Rambow, Bheskett, CWNorma, CThomas, Doyler, Beast, SMcGeorge, Rvandehoef, CW4AFB, Chap 15, Daniel Griffin, Trenchbuff and numerous others who kindly assisted me with advice, information, and especially photographs.
Please feel free to add additional photos and information, as well as any comments you may have in regard to this post’s content and its accuracy or lack thereof.
World War I Nerd …
A.E. F. ‘Trench’ & Overseas Caps 1917 to 1919
Photo No. 01: The Overseas Cap was arguably, the one piece of cloth headgear that came to represent the American soldier who served overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during World War I (WW I). One of which is depicted in this illustration created for the Saturday Evening Post by Joseph Christian or ‘J.C.’ Leyendecker. This German born immigrant was the preeminent American illustrator of his generation. Between 1896 and 1950, he painted some 400 magazine covers, created countless advertising illustrations, and designed dozens of patriotic posters during both World Wars, All of which were painted in his very distinctive style.