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Re: "Thanks" from Old Dog
In Response To: "Thanks" from Old Dog ()

Tom,

Glad to be of help. As you well know, the only way to stop misinformation from being perpetuated is to correct it whenever and wherever possible.

In reference to the question of French boots, they were actually common issue to the AEF in general (easier to get boots that are already there than to ship them across the ocean), and are what the US M-1917 trench boot was patterned after. The problem of immediate availability is a large part of why most AEF troops used French and British machine guns, auto-rifles, mortars, and artillery pieces for all but the very last two or three months of the war (and even then the foreign items were in much greater ratio than US made). Another common piece of equipment for many AEF troops was the French M2 gas mask, which was carried as a back-up to the box respirator. I've even seen a photo of 29th Div. troops wearing Adrian helmets in the initial stages of their training period in the Defensive Sector. These were replaced with tin hats a few weeks later.

Sorry if I've gone off on a 'clock building' tangent.

Regards,

Jim Ball


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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