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  1. One quick follow up that I omitted: These trousers are sized quite large. They have a size 44 waist. Like the Mackinaw coat, they are intended to be worn over the regular uniform.
  2. For reference, additional information on the Mackinaw coat may be found in the post linked here:
  3. My Mackinaw, as well as the few others I have seen, have late war contract labels. Whether any made it to Europe with the AEF before the end of the war is speculative; however, they appear in photographs of occupying troops in early 1919. It is also possible that they could have also been used in the occupation of Russia until American troops were removed in Oct. 1919. It is a little known fact that American troops were occupying key ports: Archangel (Архангел), Murmansk (Мурманск), and Vladivostok (Владивосток) well after WWI had ended. Identifying these trousers in photograp
  4. First, these are trousers, not wool breeches like those parts of the US Army winter uniform. Moreover, these trousers pre-existed the woolen trousers (Spec. 1372 1918-Sep-04 ) that were to be a part of the new Pershing style uniform.
  5. The outer shell of the garment is identical to the shell material of the Mackinaw Coat (Spec. 1343). One may notice immediately the proximity of their specification numbers to each other (only six digits apart).
  6. he term rare is often an abused term; however, in this particular case, the clothing is rare because it was not the property of the individual soldier, so the Army continued to use this type of clothing until it was threadbare and no longer serviceable, at which point it was disposed of. Those articles of cold weather clothing that survived the Great War were pressed into service with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. What may have been produced in moderate numbers now only exist in very small numbers due to attrition frequently called 'consumptive use of the
  7. I present to you collectors of WWI uniform militaria a scarce article of clothing. This post is to document the Trousers, Kersy Lined conforming to Spec. 1349. It is an item of extreme cold weather clothing.
  8. Those are breeches. One need only to look at a few period photos showing a number of soldiers in a group to re-enforce the understanding that clothing was issued piecemeal. Black-'n'-white photos show soldiers wearing tops that differ in shade considerably from that of their breeches. There is no reason to assume that these new uniforms were issued with new trousers, as opposed to a the QM drawing a coat of size 'X' from one pile, and a pair of pants of size 'Y' from another. There's nothing wrong with displaying (wearing) a new type coat with a previous patte
  9. Fantastic addition to your collection, Kevin. Are you able to read the markings inside the hat next to the size? They appear to the right of the 7⅜ stamp. Possibly the owners initials, or name. Your friend and fellow collector, Msn
  10. In your attached photo (included above) I can see a pair of pants hanging inside the coat. You also said, "There was another jacket, ... , and riders pants, that I did not purchase." Is this the second coat and pants, or did your coat also come with a pair of pants? Anyway, your coat is what the collectors call the "Pershing" type without the exterior patch pockets. It is better described as the Coat, Specification 1356 Aug 28th, 1918 - Mar 25th, 1919. The contract date on your coat puts it as post-war and right at the end of that particular spe
  11. The answer is... It depends. If the coat still retains a label, it will either indicate it is a coat for WAC, or for WAAC. *IF* it indicates WAAC, *AND* you wish to represent how this would have appeared in the time period between May 1942 and Jul 1943, then you may choose to display it with the synthetic brownish buttons; however, if the label indicates WAC, then you would only use the army metal buttons. If it was originally a WAAC uniform blouse, but you're using it to display a period after Jul 1943, then it would still be displayed with the metal b
  12. I was looking through a few old photographs for these early belts; clearly it is going to a bit more difficult to spot the marine variant because just as the were fewer marines in the armed forces at this time, there were similarly fewer photographs of marines versus army soldiers. Both the attached photos were previously posted by WWI Nerd elsewhere on the forum. Both are WWI era. One shows the army belt clearly; in the second, the marine with the semaphore flags is showing a wide belt. To my eyes, this appears to be much wider than the typical ski
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