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  1. Here is my 10th Mountain Division trooper as he would have looked in training at Camp Hale, Colorado. From 1941 to the beginning of 1945 these ardent troopers practiced the most physically grueling discipline in the armed forces. In May 1943 some troopers were selected for a brief but exhausting deployment to Kiska in the Aleutian Islands, to fight the Japanese Imperial Landing Force. Finally, in January 1945, the U.S. 5th Army decided that it could not crack the hard nut of the central Italian mountain chain. The 10th and the US Special Services Force (newly formed joint unit with the Can
  2. This is the winter dress for enlisted USMC (Gunnery Sergeant) that was seen stateside at the beginning of the war and for most of the duration. The Vandegrift Jacket did, however, catch on after the war. A tropical khaki version was also introduced. After the war the greens became only semi-dress, because the blues were again available to the majority of FMF.
  3. This is my USMC WWI Impression. Note "pea green" equipment.
  4. This is my WWI US Cavalry Impression. The cartridge belt is the M1910 mounted version. The bandolier is the M1912 version. Note the different type of leggings worn with the M1904 marching shoe. The M1917 bolo is another item that was worn exclusively by cavalrymen. The only engagement that I could find in my research in which the U.S. Cavalry was employed was the battle of St. Miheil. This battle was part of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of 1918. This is the "about face" for the above. The M1911 .45 Auto pistol is barely visible from this view. The holster is the M1912 (drop sw
  5. Juan, Did you ever make more of the Type 1 HBTs in Size 38 trousers and XL Jackets? Last summer you sent me an e-mail saying that you ran out. Steve
  6. Well here it is guys! Everything fits like a glove. I ended up getting an original SBR because they has problems with the eyeglass manufacturer. I use the 1907 suspenders for a 1916 Pancho Villa Cavalry Impression. I know what you mean about the raincoat, it is just awesome! The USMC Poncho is the only repro that I have ever found that is suitable for Guadalcanal.
  7. Dear Sigaye, Thank you for your comments. I know that it seems like an error, but, yes, there was an 1861 Colt's Navy Model. Please see the attached link for a Wikipedia discussion:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_M1861_Navy . It resembled the 1860 Colt's Army (.44) Revolver, but some had fluted cylinders while others had the solid cylinder. It was the solid cylinder model that permitted the engraving of the naval battle scene, hence continuation of the Colt's Navy line. I suppose that was why I had assumed they were .44s, not .36s. As for the Field Pack, the top roll is not a b
  8. This is the "About Face Impression for the 83 Regiment : "Old Pennsylvania". Note the Tarred Canvas Knapsack and Haversack, as well as the dark wool covered canteen.
  9. This is the earliest impession in my collection. It is Gettysburg: July, 1863. The Unit is the US 83rd Infantry otherwise known as the 83 Regiment of the Pennsylvannia State Militia "Old Pennsylvania" was imprinted on their Guidon Streamers and Band Drum Heads. The weapon is the 1861 3-band Springfield Musket in 0.58 caliber. With simple flip up sites for 100/200/500 yards the Minie conical projrctile made them quite effective. It is difficult to see under the cartridge pouch, but the infantryman has commandeered a .44 caliber Model 1861 U.S. Navy Revolver. Caps, and cartridges for the r
  10. And, this is the "About Face" impression. Notice the unpainted E-tool, and the khaki-colored rubberized raincoat, tucked under the M-1910 outer pack flap.
  11. This is my 1918 Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which was the largest U.S. military campaign in history. Over 1.2 million American soldiers alone served at the front.
  12. I used the same jacket and trousers to make an impression of the 1st Marine Division in Australia at the end of 1942. Having just come from Guadalcanal the Jarheads were filthy, wearing rags, and hungry for everything from booze to broads to clean beds. The Aussies, being generous and patriotic people, made nice short jackets for our boys, using their British Commonwealth style "Battle Dress". I don't know if the U.S. Army was starting to receive their "Eisenhower" jackets yet, but the Gyrenes christened their jackets "Vandegrift" after the Commandant of the Marines at that time.
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