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  1. Just a couple of addition notes. 1. The US Army never used a P (pattern of) designation but rather M (model of) so these should be the M1909 and M1910. 2. The M1909 was a "Cavalry" belt adopted by the Cavalry Board in 1909. The other belt was the "Mounted Belt" adopted by the Infantry Board in 1910. The terms "Cavalry" and "Mounted" are not synonymous when it comes to US Military equipment prior to 1917. Consequently the M1910 Mounted Belts were not officially used by the US Cavalry until required by orders in 1917 to simplify supply for the WW1 increase. Chris Fischer F-Troop
  2. True, but you got to admit its a very 2nd ID looking Indian Head! Combine that with a star in top and I just have to wonder (and still do) LOL. Again, best I can come up with is that was where he was when the last shell fell. I can find no relationship with the 2nd Div Indian Head and an horse-head. Not even in the Divisional HQ Troop so its alot of mystery and speculation on this one. Thanks for your input on it. I figured if anyone would have any insight into it that would be you! Chris Fischer F-Troop
  3. Generally the troops of the 2d Cavalry were attached to wohomeber was in the lead of the advance as they were Corps troops. The fact that F Troop was with the 2d at 11:11:11 comes from the Troops Commander's own mouth. Ernest N. Harmon. I agree, the helmet is post hostilites (the two banners are the battle streamers St. Mihel and Meause-Argonne) but everything points to legit. The only ytthing I find weird is that the 2d Cav was never officailyl part of the 2nd Division and was withdrawn and sent back to Corps after the armistice. So not sure what about the 2nd Div that they trooper fpund
  4. WW1 Nerd, That was an AMAZING Monograph and I thank you so very much for taking the time to post it all, VERY informative and well researched. I enjoyed it thoughly (and I really don't study nor collected 2nd Div stuff). I am attaching an image of a helmet that sold on ebay several years ago for your consideration. What I do know is that F Troop, 2d US Cavalry was operating with the 2nd Division at the time the armistice went into effect. That could explain the backless indian head (but no star). The horsehead may or may not be related. As I also do not know if the orange paint (or
  5. This is actually a topic I am researching right now. Officially the standard gauge railroad regiments were transfered from the Corps of Engineers to the sort lived Transportation Corps but the Light (narrow gauge) Regiments like the 21st were supposldy kept with the Corp of Engineers. This uniform looks extremely legit but defies that rule. It would appear that the 21st may (and other light regiments) may also have been transferred over at some point or just adopted the more specifically railroad related insgina themselve! Thanks so much for sharing as this changes alot of what I thought I k
  6. 1944 dated USMC marked are most common. I am trying to prove they existed before that (if I can). Chris Fischer
  7. Sam Cox has several images from the 112th Cavalry with guys who have M1917 revovlers, M1909 holsters, and M1917 triple pouches attached to the M1918 9-Pocket cavalry belt. The oral histories of that same regiment support that many memebers still carried them in the PTO. Chris Fischer
  8. Years ago I saw a 1942 dated 3 cell 30rd .45 magazine pouch. Does anyone have one or a photo. I also have several MTO veterans tell me the wore them in 1943 but now everyone is telling me that ALL of them has faulty memory and that I am mistaken of their exitence. Any help would be appreciated. Chris Fischer
  9. Sadly, the details are subtle, but I am pretty sure this is a fake. This is one of a series of reproductions made by Bannerman's in the mid 20th Century. What little I know of the repros is they were probably made on original dies. Because of their age (some say 1930's, some say 1950's) and the high quality of these, they are very often mistaken as originals, even by some top collectors. Here are two dead give aways. 1. The back should be hollow. 2. The loops of the "S" hook should be cast, not bent. The last give away is that if you look very closely on the eagle side, about the 1
  10. For $800 I'd be interested! How do we get on the list? Chris Fischer F-Troop
  11. Somewhere I have two pictures of them in the pacific. One in the Philippines I believe and one on Okinawa. Chris Fischer F-Troop
  12. Speaking of TO&E's not being perfect and something mentioned earlier in this thread about BAR assistants wearing the M1937 Belts as Bandoleers. I just acquired an original Feb. 1944 TO&E for a Rifle Company and is shows the BAR Assistant and ammo bearer being issued BOTH a M1937 BAR belt AND a M1823 dismounted cartridge belt! Seriously! Chris Fischer F-Troop
  13. Again, I am envious. I know such unit (regiment and battalion level) TO&E's and/or SOP's existed for many units! While the official Army wide TO&E's are a nice START point, units did what they felt they needed based on personal experiences and specific mission assignments. I wish I could find some unit specific ones for the 91st Cavalry Recon Squadron as I know from talking to the vets, that they did alot of stuff that wasn't "official" army wide. Chris Fischer F-Troop
  14. Yes, in the 1944 TO&E there are no specified "radio" operators. There are only 6 SCR-536's to be allocated as the Company Commander feels necessary (most people agree the typical allocation was one to company headquarters, one to each rifle platoon, and two to the weapons platoon with the mortars getting one themselves). In the June 1945 TO&E, there is added one RTO to company HQ who carried a carbine and a BC-1000. When this change occurred I do not know as I do not have any of the changes for the 1944 one (which sometimes those changes are just as valuable as anything else).
  15. These and many more question to be answered by my two new TO&E's. A complete Feb. 1844 and a June 1945. One thing it Sgt. Saunders carried an M1 in the D-Day pilot and doesn't have his parachute camo cover yet! Also he was a member of the 363rd BATTALION. A completely fictitious unit. The producers did not want to single out a real unit for two reasons, the uproar from the vets that "that never happened" and they wanted the characters to represent all generic GI's...thus why you only ever really have them ID themselves as "King Company" and rarely does the 363 thing ever show up.
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