world war I nerd Posted May 31, 2016 Share #1 Posted May 31, 2016 U.S. Army Ponchos, Slickers & Raincoats 1901 to 1919 I always begin writing a post thinking this one will be easy. Like most of my previous posts, while researching I discover that the given topic is much more complicated that I originally thought. This post was no different. Although obvious gaps do exist in the information contained within this post, I’ve made it a complete as the available research permitted. This post also would have been impossible to write without the assistance of very knowledgeable, and very helpful Forum members such as Dragoon, Jagjetta, Chuck Thomas, McCooper, and Jprostak, all of whom made major contributions in regard the this posts visual and textual content. They provided a great deal of the raw material. I was just the humble laborer who cobbled it all together. As always, all Forum members are encouraged to add photos and information, correct errors or otherwise opine on the quality (both good and bad) of this posts content. I’m also curious if the early histories and general backgrounds of the articles named in the topic’s title were thought to be worthy information for a collector to know, or not. I’d really appreciate hearing your personal opinion, by way of a personal message or post, on whether or not that type of information should be included in future posts. Thanks for looking …World War I Nerd Photo No. 01: Between 1901 and 1919, the Quartermaster Department and after 1912, the Quartermaster Corps, was tasked with designing a functional, serviceable and waterproof outer garment that could be worn by both mounted and foot troops. It was also tasked with developing an effective means to render those garments waterproof and make them comfortable to wear. The trial and era method employed led to the issue of a plethora of ponchos, slickers and raincoats, all of which had been rendered waterproof by a wide variety of different waterproofing compounds. Those garments culminated in a waterproof cotton twill raincoat of British design that was known as a “Trenchcoat”. That ubiquitous raincoat favored by officers of the AEF is depicted in this illustration created by Joseph Christian, or “J.C.” Leyandecker, the very popular illustrator from the WW I era. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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