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During WW2, leggings were as distinctive a feature of the G.I's appearance as the M-1 helmet. Here we have three typical variations on that theme.

 

First, with regular rough-out service shoes.

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

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" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Secondly, polished russet leather service shoes with minty leggings, parade/garrison style.

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Thirdly, USMC style with Boondockers and shorter leggings.

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Ian, that is a nice display and also good reference for newer collectors / reenactors.

 

If you still have all 3 of those put together can you add another photo please. I would like to see a side view of all 3 together to compare lace patterns, height of leggings, etc. Thanks, if possible.

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Ian, that is a nice display and also good reference for newer collectors / reenactors.

 

If you still have all 3 of those put together can you add another photo please. I would like to see a side view of all 3 together to compare lace patterns, height of leggings, etc. Thanks, if possible.

 

Here you go Craig!

 

 

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Ian

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Ian, that is a nice display and also good reference for newer collectors / reenactors.


Those looking for a photographic overview of the most common WW2 US Army footwear can also find it here:

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/57160-the-liberator-collection/page-9&do=findComment&comment=426691

and following posts...


Nice shoes, Ian.... You know how I feel about shoes.... :lol:

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Those looking for a photographic overview of the most common WW2 US Army footwear can also find it here:http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/57160-the-liberator-collection/page-9&do=findComment&comment=426691
and following posts...
Nice shoes, Ian.... You know how I feel about shoes.... :lol:



Thanks Johan. Don't they say that there's one part of a woman's brain which thinks about shoes 24/7?!

Ian ;)

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"Leggings? Well hell, General, sir...I'm a cook."

 

 

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The paint stripping of M1 helmets, particularly protestor helmets, is destruction of history by the very men who claim to protect it.
Always looking for gear and items linked to the following: Joe S. Tamura US Army; Ken Tamura 442nd RCT; Capt. Emerson US Army Medical Corps, Norman Albert Wells Fifth Infantry Division

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Ian, Thanks for posting these! Maybe you, Johan, me and a few others could put together a reference on footwear? I believe WWI Nerd started a thread on WWI footwear that was incredible, but I don't think it was ever added as a reference. What do you think?

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Ian, Thanks for posting these! Maybe you, Johan, me and a few others could put together a reference on footwear? I believe WWI Nerd started a thread on WWI footwear that was incredible, but I don't think it was ever added as a reference. What do you think?

 

 

Hi Beast...sure..why not?

 

Ian

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Absolutely beautiful, Ian :w00t: :w00t:...on top-notch examples of footwear, no less!

 

Those smooth-out Service Shoes are, uuh...EEEeeyaaaaaaaaah :P

Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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I would like to get in that game too.

Sounds great! Maybe we should build off of this thread. I'll go through mine and see what I can add.

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
Interested in US uniforms? Join the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors! http://aamuc.org/or find us on Facebook! facebook.com/AAMUC.ORG

 

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As Beast suggested, here are some additional examples of US military footwear.

 

 

USN low quarters, 1944.

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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US Army officers' russet low quarters, WW2.

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Private purchase russet buckle/strap low quarters, WW2. Popular with USAAF officers.

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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