world war I nerd Posted March 28, 2009 Share #1 Posted March 28, 2009 U.S. Army knit clothing from 1911 to 1918 In the years leading up to America’s involvement in World War I the U.S. Army issued its soldiers with only four knit items to help keep them warm during the cold winter months. Besides the woolen socks and heavy winter underwear Uncle Sam supplied his soldiers with a regulation wool cap, wool muffler, wool gloves and a wool sweater all made to the specifications laid out by the Army Quartermaster Corps. It was not until President Wilson and the United States Congress declared war on Germany that army designers offered a few additional knit items but it was America’s retailers and the public who donated and sold a bewildering variety of different woven and knit garments that were all designed to help keep the service men warm. Photo no. 01: These enlisted men in Northern Russia are attempting to dry out and warm up over a small fire. The man on the left appears to have wrapped a sleeveless sweater around his head and the other soldier wears some form of knit cap and is changing into a pair of dry socks, while his soiled wet socks are hung to dry over the fire. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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