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Thanks dude.

 

As you say,some of the pics i posted in another thread.

 

The remount man is a Ft Robinson remount man back from Tibet. His name was Archie Seacrest. He was Troop B,252nd Remount Sqn and then he was sent to the CBI in 43 with the Sino Tibetan Horse Purchasing Bureau

 

The other side of his combat jacket may show a CBI patch

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Excuse my pie holder in the above photo.

 

124th Cavalry Cpl early 1944

 

Everything in my pics is original too by the way.

 

 

 

Good impression in the last pic. I like that one.

 

I know the cavalry-specific items are harder to find, but are the other gov't issue items (helmets, etc) difficult to obtain in Australia as well?

 

 

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Honestly i never found much here before the buzz of Saving Private Ryan and even less since.

 

I have found a few bits and pieces in Australia but i rely on US dealers and Ebay mainly.

 

Some stuff i have been given by veterans,including some of the photos i post around the place.

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16th Constabulary Horse Platoon,1948

 

Once again,everything is period.

 

The shirt is an occupation made shirt that has had the epaulettes removed.

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This is my crack at an enlisted Veterinary corps soldier from the 18th Veterinary Evacuation Hospital (Forward)

 

The 18th had the task of caring for the animals in the MARS task force.

 

Questions and comments are welcome.

 

The brush and curry comb are worn on the pistol belt as is a "airborne" canteen cover.

 

A 225Q sheath knife is worn too.

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Good stuff.

 

I just finished a memoir from a guy in the 475th Infantry, and he stated that the 475th received 500 replacements straight from CRTC, who were originally bound for the 124th Cav. I did not know that.

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The replacement was comprised mainly of volunteers from the 129th Cavalry Sqn . Out of 598 men and officers 500 volunteered for "hazardous and dangerous duty in a combat zone"

 

They arrived in theatre completely prepared for mounted duty too by the way.

 

More pics and info related to the 129th here.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/761950567256955/

 

 

What is the name of the book?

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The replacement was comprised mainly of volunteers from the 129th Cavalry Sqn . Out of 598 men and officers 500 volunteered for "hazardous and dangerous duty in a combat zone"

 

They arrived in theatre completely prepared for mounted duty too by the way.

 

More pics and info related to the 129th here.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/761950567256955/

 

 

What is the name of the book?

 

Yes he stated that they were wearing riding breeches, the boots etc.

 

Name of the book is "Memories of Military Service (A Teenater in Burma)". It's a good read...

 

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Thanks,i found a copy on ebay

 

Does it have any photos?

 

Thanks

 

Sam

 

Yes but they're small, low-quality ones, mostly from CBI Roundup.

 

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Horse Platoon,16th Constabulary Sqn.
Grunewald Forest,1949
Everything is TO and E for the horse platoon from 1946 to 1950,including the machete. The machete was issued one per mounted man. The MOS 9745 trooper is not issued a bayonet but rather an M3 trench knife in M8a1 scabbard although i am yet to find a photo of one in use by a horse trooper.
Everything is original.
If you any questions please holler.

 

 

This is a repeat post from the Impressions Thread

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16th Constabulary Squadron Horse Platoon,1949.

By 1949 the 1947 Utility Uniform was starting to circulate in Germany. The use of German spurs is well documented. In 1949 the Horse Platoon of the 16th Constabulary took place in a week long field exercise . The mounted platoon (less one section) took part in Squadron strength manoeuvres at the peak of the Berlin Blockade. As part of the HQ troop the mission was reconnaissance and liaison. The horse platoon had the job of also patrolling areas of the Grunewald forest not accessible to vehicle. Patrols operated around the clock and in all weather.A great effort was made to prove the viability of the horses and the Squadron CO commended the men and the horses on a job well done.

Troopers rode the 1928 McClellan saddle.

Troopers carried gas masks,pistols and rifles. The water bottle was not carried on the saddle though and photos show troopers using both 1910 pouches and m1941 mounted types. The dressing pouch is carried to the rear as recommended for mounted troops.

Medical and veterinary support came from the 7766th Horse Troop.

 

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