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U.S. Army Uniforms of World War One

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Three Articles on the Old Campaign Hat (The Stars and Stripes, 1918 - 1919)

These three articles from THE STARS AND STRIPES of W.W. I reported on the U.S. Army Campaign hat which was a well-loved uniform item and most Doughboys were pretty choked-up to see that it was going to be replaced by a piece of millinery as slovenly as the overseas cap.


A Puttee Advertisement (Stars and Stripes, 1918)

The canvas leggings worn by the A.E.F. (as ordered in the American Army Uniform Regulations of 1912) were simply dandy for duties on the dry prairies of the United States, but soon proved impractical in the damp and rainy climate of France and Belgium. Shortly after their arrival in France the U.S. Army replaced their leggings with the wool puttees worn by their European Allies. In May of 1919 they were adopted for use by the entire Army.


Clothing for Aviators (Sears and Roebuck, 1918)

Two pages from the Sears Military Equipment catalog of 1918; these were flight-clothing items offered for military or private purchase during a time when aviation was oddly saturated with equestrian pretensions.


Officer's Dress Regulations & the Trench Coat (The Stars and Stripes, 1918)

Instructions as to how American insignia was to be worn on the trench coat as well as the officer's raincoat. An additional notice can be read concerning the Army's wish that all Doughboys maintain a good, soldierly appearance while not serving in the zone of advance.

Click here to read about W.W. I trench coats...


Changing the Uniforms to Fit the Climate (The Stars and Stripes, 1918)

A short notice printed in May of 1918 which intended to let the Doughboys know that the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps was well aware that changes needed to be made in the American uniform in response to the damp French climate.

The additional uniform items never went into production in light of the fact that the war ended six months later.


Advertisements: Five Ads for Military Wrist Watches ( S & S, 1918 and Die Welt Spiegel, 1914)

The Great War held "firsts" in many categories (first big air war, first poison gas war, first submarine war) and it was also the first war in which the wrist watch played an important part. Four of the attached ads appeared in THE STARS AND STRIPES between 1918 and 1919 while the sole German ad that is posted first appeared during opening months of the conflict. Also provided is a color photograph of a World War One watch housed in one of the many types of wrist-bands available at that time.


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