@Daniel: Nice photographs!
@ Vik: Posting photographs of medics does not prove a thing about the 194th. You still really need to consider when the photographs were taken, and what the men in the photograph were doing. It's hard to judge sources. The M41 jacket photo does not prove that during varsity people were walking around "normandy style". The reactions you posted on the flopping chincups and pocket patches do not prove a thing either because I do not see chincups nor pocket patches in either photo. I know a number of men were parachute trained in the 194th but that does not mean a lot of parachutist's equipment was used, nor should it be the standard. On the wearing of wool shirts: The photo you posted was taken in the field, where such things can be done, weather permitting. The reenacted photos are in a camp setting though. You'd be out of uniform, which is not permissable in a base camp. I do not see evidence for the common use of PT shirts either. Two officers in leather jackets on a photograph dated september 1945(!) does not prove a thing about wartime use of leather jackets (of a different type than shown) either. Post war garrison\camp photographs cant be used as a proper source for combat operations.
You guys need more standardization, and a theme to what you are doing. If you would start by:
First, choose several dates. For example , 24-27 march 1945 for a combat\field impression, and for camp impressions, for example England summer 1944. Keep the two separated. Then, set a standard for all time periods, as for what to wear, and make a list of permissable exceptions with a little background info. For each period and location, see if you can find some primary sources like veterans reports and photographs. Don't fall for the "I've seen a photo labelled 17th AB showing so-and-so, so we can do this as well" trap.
Remember you're a unit, a company, platoon even, and not a bunch of thrown-together exceptions. Remember the context.
Also remember, what those guys wore in England or in a base camp in France, was totally different from what they wore on operations. 3 different impressions, which look wrong when portrayed at the same time. When you're in combat gear, you are nowhere NEAR a garrison cap, for example.
I'm not trying to bash your group for the sake of bashing, but I've seen too many mediocre (airborne) groups that do not look anything like a unit. I must have lost my patience somewhere along the road - let's try to collect as much information as we can on the subject so that you have a good base to build on.
First important thing would be understanding the difference between class A, B, C and D. As soon as you understand that uniform class system, it will be much easier to understand my whole point.
Edited by Sheikh Al Stranghi, 26 January 2011 - 04:34 PM.