Infantry Uniforms and Equipment (page 2)
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

In the summer of 2004, my son and I took a road trip east, spending a couple days in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, site of the most famous battle of the American Civil War. We timed our trip to see the great annual weekend reenactment of the clash between the Blue and Gray, and thus were quite surprised to see, in the midst of the town, these young guys dressed in good old Olive Drab! Portraying a squad from the 35th Infantry Division, they had a fine display of WWII gear. Click on the thumbnails to enjoy larger photos.

These soldiers are dressed in the flannel OD shirt and wool serge trousers. The technician fifth grade on the left wears the OD garrison cap with light blue piping, indicating infantry. His companion medic has a woolen cap and a fighting knife attached to his belt. They both wear the service combat boots with the integral buckled cuff.

One of the soldiers behind them looks ready for a march. He wears a jacket and some gear, and canvas leggings.

Below are displays of gear and belongings a soldier brought with him. It was a very spartan life. No MP3 or GPS, no digital camera, no night vision goggles....

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Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2004 Timothy S. Streeter