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  1. Thanks for the information on the back colors. I have wondered what they were for.
  2. In 1905 and 1906 shovels were purchased by contract. There were many problems with the quality of handles. In 1907 the Chief of Ordnance directed that the steel parts continue to be contracted, but the wood parts be made at Rock Island Arsenal and the shovel be assembled at RIA. It seems likely that since the shovels made for the Army specified two straps, one of those contractors could have easily made a single strapped shovel for the civilian market.
  3. War Department Pamphlet no 32, "Comparison of U.S. and British Chemical Warfare Protective Equipment", dated 6 Jan 1944, sheet No. 29, lists: "Nomenclature: Undershirts, Cotton, Protective. Description and Use: Long sleeves, high-neck undershirt of khaki color..... Remarks: Issued by QM and impregnated by CWS"
  4. Jon, Do you have anything on the five-foot tape that replaced the two-foot rule?
  5. A few things to consider in the debate over the unsupported shovel. In 1906 the individual tools were made by contract. The Specs called for both the shovel spade and the handle (the shaft portion, not the T part) to be stamped US. After 1907, the medal part continued to be made on contract, while the wooden parts of the individual tools were made at RIA, and the assembly was done at RIA. All the examples of the unsupported intrenching tool I have seen do not have the US stamp on the handle. If the contractor was already making the metal parts for the RIA contract, it would be easy for them to make the unsupported variant for the civilian market.........thoughts?
  6. I think there is something to the idea of the letters representing the months. Remember, the Army did not use J. A regiment at this period of time has 12 companies, lettered A to M, with no J.
  7. Pep, Look at the 1912 Cavalry Equipment Board Report.
  8. These are (left to right) a Model 1910, a Model 1908, and a Model 1918.
  9. So what we have in this photo (left to right) is a Model 1910, Model 1916 Light, and a Model 1910 with the insulation missing.
  10. Now if that is not confusing enough, there is a RIA drawing for a Cutter, Wire, Light Model 1916.
  11. There is also a RIA drawing for a Model 1918 (light) , which is insulated. I use (Light) as there are two RIA Model 1918 wire cutters. The other is the larger size that fits in the Model 1922 carrier.
  12. So PEP you have the Model 1912 with one of the tips missing.
  13. There is an RIA drawing for a Model 1908 Wire Cutter. As Solcarlus pointed out, the 1908 is uninsulated.
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