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U.S. Army Uniforms of World War One

Click here to print a chart indicating the French Army rank insignias of World War One.

Over-Seas Chevrons (Stars and Stripes, 1918)


The Shirt (Sears and Roebuck, 1918)

This illustration depicts the U.S. Army olive drab flannel pull-over shirt that was first issued to U.S. enlisted men in 1912. This pull-over shirt was was produced for the Army up until 1934, when the full button-front shirt was issued.


Christmas Shopping for the Doughboys (Vogue, 1918)

These three pages were from the last of the two wartime Christmas issues American Vogue had managed to produce prior to the Armistice. Featured are some fashionable accessory items sold on New York's Fifth Avenue that the Vogue editors deemed suitable for industrial warfare.

Click here to read about the Sam Brown Belt.


Brooks Brothers & Christmas 1917

During America's short and costly participation in the First World War, a prominent New York clothing establishment, Brooks Brothers, did swift business making custom uniforms for both the Army and Navy. As the following attachment will show, they also offered forty other items that were of use to both the officers as well as the ranks.

Click here to see a Vanity Fair editorial about Christmas gifts for Doughboys.


The Doughboy Helmet: the Press Release (Stars and Stripes, 1918)

Unlike those Poilu who rushed manfully to the recruiting stations in 1914 expecting some sartorial glory in the form of a shiny cavalry breast plate or stylish bright red pantaloons, only to find that the constraints of modern warfare would only provide him with a filthy rat-infested trench and a poor-man's concept of a camouflage uniform (light-blue wool); the American Doughboy at least had some time to figure out that he would not be as nicely turned out as his uncle was during the Spanish-American War.

This odd notice was printed on the front page of The Stars and Stripes while most of the A.E.F. was still in training. The word was out by this time that the Campaign Hats they were issued back home were out -and so to counter the gripes, the army printed this balderdash to put a 'nice spin' on the "tin pot".

It's not a helmet -- it's "a Steel Stetson"!

To read more about the old campaign hats of the A.E.F. click here.


A Puttee Cartoon (The Stars and Stripes, 1918)

The Doughboys were grateful to be issued European spiral-puttees in place of their canvas gaiters -which did them no good whatever in the dampness of Northern Europe; however, as the attached W.W. I photographs so clearly indicate (as does this cartoon by Walgren), not many Yanks were as proficient at wrapping them as the upper brass had hoped.


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