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  1. I have about 30 M.P. armbands and have not seen one from this era that did not have some kind of snaps or hook and eyes to adjust around the arms. The issue is that M.P. armbands can be made locality and I have seen units sewing their own armbands. This general style was used in the 1960s - 1980s, but there is no way to know if this is authentic. The truth be told I am not even sure every one I have is real.When a units makes their own, the only way to tell might be the material used. The lack of snaps or eye hooks give me pause to believe it is real.Also most the the arm bands I have, have a
  2. I am no expert on this subject. I am working on the uniforms worn by the Michigan Military Academy 1877 to 1908 and was wondering what I should say on about this helmet. I am calling it " White dress helmet with Michigan plate." Any suggestions to improve my description. Also were most academy dress helmets copies of U.S. Army dress helmet? Thank you for any help William Carr
  3. I am sure I have a book of these calls somewhere. I know in some schools such as Advanced Individual Training we had a someone come up with some new ones specifically for us. Some can be very simple, but I have done some where the cadence caller received rather long responses to a particular line.I have come up with a few special calls for schools myself. Bill Carr
  4. A somewhat similar image of a continental style uniform, this one with a collar above the normal tunback lapels (here button closed). The collarless style uniforms would not have the notched lapel. Bill
  5. This might be from the early to mid-1850s. In 1851 some militia companies adopted Revolutionary War style uniforms for the 75th anniversary of the American Revolution. This style of uniforms was also adopted by some “nativists” organizations who were anti immigrants and wore American Revolution style uniforms to signify their view of American for Americans. Some uniforms were almost copies of the uniforms worn during the Revolution; other companies adopted this style of uniform and wore epaulets like seen in the photograph. Today these uniforms are called ‘The Old Continentals” uniforms.
  6. Darktrooper Thank you for your expert information. I have not been able to lock down the dates of issue for many brassard. I do have extended brassards that appear locally made. However some of early hook and eye types appear to be standardized. The later 1968 type so closely resembles the WWII type in construction and quality that they seem to be linked while the hook and eye type seems out of place. Do you believe the hook and eye type were government issued or locally obtained? Thanks Bill
  7. nkomo I do not what to question your fine uniform, but, could you be off on the date of the Kentucky uniform? I do not believe that type of MP brassard came from the mid 1950s. The 1959 army uniform regulations, AR670-5 still called for brassards without the extension (the extension with the ROTC patch). I have a couple of MP brassards with early extensions from the mid 1960s but the style is different and I have not seen one of these before 1965 or 1966. I would put your MP brassard from no earlier than 1966 or 1967. I do not have an the 1966 AR 670-5 to check what brassard that was auth
  8. The name tapes look to be original. They appear to have been put on at the same time as the shoulder patch. See how the thread used to sew them seems to match. Remember the name tapes came from different sources. It would not be uncommon to have them embroidered off base at a tailoring/sewing shop. This could be in the U.S. or overseas. One can also order name tapes thought mail order shops. The flag patches were added when the solder was in a war zone or going to one. When I was in a combat zone 1990 I never bothered to put on U.S. flag patches either on my uniforms or on my field jacket an
  9. I have seen two other white MP brassards. Both were locally made. It would not be beyond reason to have had local made brassards for the guards of prisoners. These are two locally made brassards from Michigan. Bill
  10. You are right on the 1968 regulation on the rank of PFC. I went by the PFC rank I wore when promoted to PFC during MP AIT in 1973, guess I learn something everyday. I checked on the brassard. The one you have would fit 1968 or after. Prior to that some brassards had an extender to allow the unit patch to be worn, but it was of a different style. At least you got me to drag out my old collection of 30 or so different styles of MP brassards, out of the attic. Now I am thinking of displaying them.
  11. Sorry, I didn't read my reply before posting. The name tag goes on the right pocket flap.
  12. No, the army regulations that governs the wearing of uniforms changes every so often. The regulations you are trying to represent is AR 670-1 dated Feb 1968. At this time the new high top MP brassard started to be worn. No, regimental crests were worn at that time; not until the 1980s. The white pistol lanyard looks a bit odd like that. You only wear the lanyard when you are going to wear the pistol and then you usually have your leather belts on with the pistol holster. Remember the lanyard is not a decoration. Everything else is OK, however a black plastic name tag was worn over the left bre
  13. Army Regulation AR 670-5 dated 1968 states in paragraph 1-6 requires the tapes to be worn parallel to the ground. The tapes to be green with black letters. I do not have a copy of AR 670-5 dated 1966 so you need to check it to see what it says. According to Shelby Stanton in his book U.S. Army Uniforms of the Vietnam War the 1966 regulations were not clear on the subject and each unit wore the colored tapes as they interpreted the regulation, some parallel to ground some slanted. The 1968 regulations effective 26 Feb 1968 required the new subdued tapes to be worn parallel to the ground. This
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