world war I nerd Posted May 31, 2016 Author Share #26 Posted May 31, 2016 1910 Waterproof Clothing for Mine Companies and Mine Planters Specification No. 1056, adopted by the Army in 1909 or 1910 A suit of black oilskin clothing called “Waterproof Clothing for Mine Companies and Mine Planters” was adopted by the Army around 1910. The complete suit was composed of a hat, coat and trousers made from oilskin, as well as a pair of half-hip rubber boots. At the time of posting, a copy of the introductory specifications for the 1910 Waterproof Clothing have yet to be located. Although the wording was slightly different in each edition, both the 1912 and 1914 Uniform Regulations stated which Army personnel were to be furnished with the recently adopted water repellent, oilskin garments: 90. OILSKIN CLOTHING (black) including hats and half-hip rubber boots, may be worn by officers and enlisted men of mine companies, mine planters, cable steamers, Quartermaster Corps, and by troops in Alaska. Regulations for the Uniform of the United States Army, 1914, page 44 Five years later in 1915, a new specification for Waterproof Clothing for Mine Companies and Mine Planters was adopted. Specification No. 1221, adopted by the Army on February 25, 1915, didn’t shed much light on what the wet weather apparel looked like, but it did note the following: Squam hat*, jacket and overalls. – To be of black oilskin, extra quality, of standard brand. Boots. – To be one half-hip rubber boots, of standard brand, regular weight, first quality. *“Squam Hat” was a fisherman’s nickname for a style of seafarers’ oilskin hat that was more commonly known as a “Sou’Wester”. Photo No. 26: The U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps was charged with protecting the sea around America’s strategically placed coastal fortifications. Part of that responsibility included planting mines and laying undersea cables. Here, mine planters of the Coast Artillery are wearing Army issued blue denim work clothing. During stormy weather or in rough seas the mine planters would instead wear the black oilskin suits that presumably were devised specifically for them. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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