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  1. Yes, a bit fanciful. It may be based on the accomplishments of F Troop, 2nd Cav in the Meuse-Argonne. They captured a German artillery battery as they were trying to limber up. Don't discount the efforts of the Provisional Squadron. They may have been ad hoc, and not well mounted, but they did some really good Cavalry work in the Meuse-Argonne.
  2. These breeches are most likely non-military, or atleastnot US uniform. White breeches are worn while playing polo and while fox hunting. They certainly could have military provenance if worn by a soldier in those activities. I have also read of officers wearing white trousers with their 1895 blues dress coat in the tropics, in a non-regulation fashion. I can't imagine that anyone would put together a mounted dress uniform in that fashion, though. Maybe for a horse show. Nope, these are most likely civilian.
  3. It looks like someone put the enlisted dress hat band on the service cap.
  4. What was the paint color for Army vehicles during the mid to late 1930's? I get the impression that it was a darker shade of olive than the wartime paint scheme.
  5. By most accounts, the cavalrymen and quartermaster personnel that manned the remount system were very attached to their charges. This photo, however, was probably not done specifically as a tribute to those horses. At some point during the War (or just after) a group of photographers went out and did a whole series of these "Living Insignia" photos. The men were all grouped to form their divisional or unit insignias. It was common for the remount depots to include the silhouette of a horse's head on their divisional shoulder insignia; so it only follows that they should do this for their ph
  6. 1916 dismounted leggings 1916 mounted leggings (outside view) 1916 mounted leggings (inside view)
  7. Here are pics of the different styles (I apologize if I don't credit all of these.) 1897 leggings 1907 leggings
  8. I was poking around on the forum and spotted this thread that I had missed. Your cousin is wearing an all pre-War uniform: 1910 shirt, 1908 breeches, and 1907 leggings. The breeches look like cotton, which would place him somewhere warm. Many National Guard units were equipped with some of this antiquated gear right up to activation; so, this photo could date from 1911 to 1917. (I suspect that it is early, though.) The horse does appear to be Army issue. He appears to have a hoof brand, and the halter does appear to be a military pattern. His hat cord is probably white or light blue for
  9. You see photos of National Guard troops and some regulars wearing what appear to be the 1897/98 leggings during the Border Crisis. At the end of the Punitive expedition, in September 1916, the Quartermaster Department did a review of equipment. It was found that the 1910 and 1907 leggings were totally lacking, and the leather Cavalry leggings were universally despised. The decision was made to reissue the 1897/98 leggings on trial. The units involved in this test were the 11th Cavalry, 6th Infantry, 5th Field Artillery, 16th Cavalry, 37th Infantry, 7th Field Artillery. The result of this w
  10. Cavdoc83


    This appears to be the US Army Officer's Dress Cap from the 1902 regulations. It is distinguished from the Full Dress Cap which has gold braid and branch colors around the band instead of the black mohair.
  11. Found a picture of some Virginia National Guardsmen, pre-War, with our little Haversack Ration in prominent view.
  12. That is a British Boer War era canteen - the P1893 MkII
  13. If the flat spot on the back of the canteen appears to be an original, manufactured feature, as opposed to just being squashed, that would make it the 1902 model. Are the loops triangular or rectangular?
  14. Does anyone have any more info on the map case in posts # 33-37? I think that I have found it in a couple of pics from 1941.
  15. There is a copy of the picture in the book "The Great Pursuit" by Mason. It is just credited as being a Nat. Archives photo.
  16. It is not a US military pattern. I'd imagine that it could date any time in the early 20th century.
  17. This link to an old thread shows everything laid out in the pack: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/202717-us-navy-landing-force-1910-equipment-contents/
  18. Here is a link to a manual that describes how to put together the pack. https://books.google.com/books?id=PzoqAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA90&dq=packing+m1910+haversack&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjNgtuDmP3JAhXGOCYKHXDWCz8Q6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=packing%20m1910%20haversack&f=false The relevant passages are on page 90/
  19. What a great picture! Any idea what unit those guys were with?
  20. Two loops of lace on the collar makes him a regular, not state or volunteer, right?
  21. Definitely one side of the quarterstrap rigging from a McClellan saddle.
  22. Thanks, Dustin. And I just read the other thread. That answers a lot of questions.
  23. I have a "beanie" in my collection like the one worn in #6. It was definitely made from a service (campaign) hat.
  24. Peter, No, nothing yet. All that there is is the brief description of them on the US Quartermaster Corps website (http://www.qmfound.com/army_rations_historical_background.htm#Ration%20Development%201936-41): Ration Development 1918-36 While the trench ration died a natural death and the emergency ration became obsolete, some attention was given by the Quartermaster Corps to further development of the reserve ration. In 1920, it was suggested that the ration could be improved by making its container easier to carry, by dividing the unit into separate meals, by adding chocolate, and
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