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  1. This is a bit out of my area of specialty and there is likely, with the popularity of U.S. helmets, someone that has an answer. Let me state that from the photographs I have examined the M1917 helmet was extensively withdrawn from service and replaced by the M1917A1. The process of rebuilding the helmets was probably such that units turned in the M1917 helmets in exchange for M1917A1s. The M1917s turned in then went to rebuild. It is clear that the regular Army and Marine Corps had M1917A1s in the late 1930s and that the Phillipine Army had also been re-equiped. If there were any M1917
  2. Yes you are correct about ALICE "my bad!" I was thinking of LINCLOE but even that equimpent is rarely seen in images. I just returned from four months research at the National Archives. I looked at 10s of thousands of photographs for images for my book project and soon noticed that the M1956 LCE was used all through the Viet Nam deployment. Except for a few nylon items like the 2-quart canteen cover a Viet Nam impression should feature the M1956 individual equipment. I was also surprised to see troops in the field carrying protective (gas) masks. This was of course in the mid-1960s bu
  3. Lost Battalions, The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality. Richard Slotkin. The author of this book has taken two microcosm units of the AEF and contorted them into representing the emerging problems of immigration and racism in the United States. The units are the "Lost Battalion" actually two battalions of the 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th (Infantry) Division and the 369th Infantry Regiment. The history of these units and the AEF is well researched and presented. If a reader is interested in the story of the so-called Lost Battalion and how they became "lost" and rescued
  4. That makes sense, but sand casting is a one shot operation and the finished product often lacks the detail of other forms of casting molten metal. At least with this you can keep making sand casts until enough come out satisfactory. IMO this particular item belongs in the Graves Registration exhibit at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum.
  5. Collecting is a nutty human endeavor that is as varied as there are people. I collected "back when" and still have a huge accumulation of stuff. I was more into collecting an example of primary variations rather than every maker, year and material. In the process of researching and writing a book I have seen that trying to collect every maker and year of some items would make a very large and to me boring collection. With some items there was more than one contract in a given year so one could go bonkers trying to get variations by contract. I have consistently advocated that you
  6. How it was used is a good question... if a mold it should be reversed so that the molded object would be a positive. The lettering on the side of the "mold" and the aluminum can in the image are correct so the image has not been reversed. It appears there was another part to this "mold" that only further adds to the mystery. If a mold it must have been used to form sheet metal and the object shown was used for the back side of the finished object. One other thought this could be the master die to make the molds. Any tool and die people out there that can enlighten us what this is and
  7. These would have been used primarily by U.S. Army CID (Criminal Investigation Division) investigators, or anyone authorized a concealed weapon while in civilian clothes. CID "detectives" are involved with investigation of criminal activity by military personell, especially any criminal activity that involves local civilians like "Black Market" sale of stolen supplies and equipment. CID and Military Police are both administrated by the local Provost Martial. The belt hook was probably purposefully removed to be more comfortable and concealed. Concidering the intended use of this holst
  8. About ten years ago a large quantity of canteens, canteen cups and canteen covers were purchased in Europe and sold in the U.S. It is likely that these items and probably others were provided to former occupied countries to reequip military forces. I examined a great number of the canteens, cups and covers and found that most were items that had been superceded items with later specifications. For example all of the M1910 canteen covers I examined were olive drab. Some of these covers were unissued and others had the typical letter and four numbers indicating issue to Army troops. The OD
  9. When I attended the Armor Officer Basic Course in 1975 the cadre AIs of the armor and cavalry units that supported training at Ft. Knox all wore black berets. As far as I can recall none of the students at that time were wearing berets and it was the first I had heard of the Armor and Cavalry branches wearing the beret. My understanding is that black was selected because many of the soldiers in foreign army armor units wore black berets. I bought two black berets and set one up with cavalry flash and rank. I had some formal photographs taken by the on-post photographer and wore the bere
  10. M-60 with camounflage scheme common in the 1970-80s. This tank was upgraded with the track that had seperate replaceable pads. There are two M-47s in So. California, one in Barstow, Ca. in desert camouflage scheme that was applied to M48A5s and M-60s starting in the mid-1970s. The other example is at Los Alamitos Reserve Center, in front of the Headquarters 40th Infantry Div (MECH) CAARNG.
  11. I was thinking along the same line, perhaps a press correspondent? I can't think of any use of an embroidered "U.S." by the Army. This kind of mysterious item adds frustration to collecting and satisfaction when figured out.
  12. Here is the a link to a website that is dedicated to war genre films and is taking a poll of top 50 war films. They are displaying a running count with the current and previous position of the film. The "voteing" is from anyone that wants to contribute and seems to be more of a popularity contest than by production values, acting, writing and etc. Any "top 50" or top 1000 list that includes Midway has to be something wrong. http://www.geocities.com/warmoviedatabase/etop50.htm
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    Your Army dress uniform service cap was adopted with the uniform regulations of 1912. The oak leafs on the visor indicate a field grade officer; major, lt. colonel or colonel. The black with red facings ribbon indicated Ordnance Department from 1912 to 1921.
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