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What is an adapted ETO Class A Uniforms
Standard tan/khaki shirt/trousers/tie with wool IKE jacket PLUS wool garrison cap DO NOT CONFUSE THIS SET WITH THE COMMONLY WORN OFFICER'S "PINKS" & GREENS set! Remember as well that officers had many more options with the Pinks & Greens and Chocolate sets which allowed many mixed combinations. Photo documentation shows a regimental size photo of 505th paras post Normandy and they are all wearing their tan/khaki shirts with the standard wool IKE jackets. I think David Mann came up with this one.
What are the difference types of barrel bands on the M-1 Carbine?
Buying a early barrel band can be a bit pricey. Another alternative is to take an existing band with the bayonet lug and use a hacksaw to remove it. I did that with mine, it is easy. Also if you ever want the bayonet lug, buying one with the lug is quite a bit cheaper.It’s my understanding that the bayonet lug indicates the early models made a trip back to the arsenal for refitting. According to Jane’s, All M2 and M3 models came with the lug, as well as many M1 and M1A1 models. My understanding has always been that occurred in very late in the war. III barrel bands were a very late feature. According to Bruce Canfield only a very few late production carbines left the factory with Type III barrel bands (mostly from Inland and Winchester). A rounded bolt was something fitted to carbines post-war. It was developed for the M-2 to strengthen the bolt for full auto fire. Other features commonly changed on carbines during rebuild were the rear sight and the safety. Look up Canfield's book " U. S. Infantry Weapons Of World War II" for a wealth of info about the carbine and other US weapons. Only Inland made the M-1A1 "paratrooper" folding stock version of the carbine.
Can I wear a helmet liner with my uniform?
As for the helmet liner use with the Class A, in period photos you'll note guys in garrison dress (Class A's with cartridge belt and leggings) wear the liner of the steel pot without the pot. The opening training scene in BoB at Toccoa shows all the Easy recruits wearing OD HBT coveralls, low service boots and helmet liners!
Don't Army regs require a "cover" of some type at all times unless indoors?
Army regulations call for removal of headgear, when indoors, unless under arms. As for outside, it is required to wear headgear. Only unofficial exception is if you are engaged in heavy labor like digging a ditch, etc.
When are you supposed to salute or not salute?
The regulation is that if you are within 7 (or was it 10?) feet from a door you don't have to have a cover on if you are outside. An interesting note is that when reporting for duty in the Army, you would approach the commanding officer's desk, come to attention and report along with saluting the officer. The Marines however do NOT (unless under arms) under any circumstances salute in-doors.
What type of parachutes were used in WWII?
Camouflage or white chutes for WWII. Many historians say that OD chutes weren't around till the mid 1950's (also when they went to black jump boots). For Overlord, about half of the chutes were white and half were camo. They wanted all camo chutes for the drop but couldn't get production to meet demand.
Whar is the difference between all the scabbards used in the war?
The M-4 bayonet-knife for the M-1 carbine would have been carried in a M-8 scabbard. The carbine bayonets didn't appear until VERY late in the war. The M-8 scabbards came out in mid-1944. They were replaced by the M-8A1 scabbards in mid-1945. The difference is the M-8A1 has a longer canvas we hanger and belt-hooks were provided. Also, later issue M-8A1's have a metal tip protector affixed due to the fiberglass scabbards tendancy to break off at the tip. M-8 scabbards were common among airborne forces during the Market Garden operation and thrugh the end of the war. Some were used in Normandy but they were not as common as the leather M-6 scabbards. The M-8 is much easier to maintain than the M-6.
What are the different types of wool shirts?
Wool shirts were ussally designated as the M37 Wool Shirt. There are two versions, one with a "gas flap" and a later version without. Officer shirts had the eppilates while the EM did not. The Wool shirt was the basic shirt of the US Army. It was worn as a combat uniform under the m41 Jacket, M42 Jacket and M43 Jacket. It was also the shirt that was used under the Class A jacket along with the tie. Most are a more shade of chocolate or brown while Korean War versions are more of the greenish look.
Are the jump trousers worn higher or lower on the waist?
The 40's style (and later) was wearing trousers at the waist. These combat and dress uniforms are NOT worn like todays jeans, on the hips. I personally think that's why the IKE version (shortened jacket) looks so good and makes us all look taller. I also think that's why so many guys rip the crotches out of their M42 jump pants, they are wearing them too low, and usually without suspenders so the first time they crouch - RIIIIPPPP!!!!!
What is a Standard ETO Class A Uniform?
Standard OD wool service uniform with either 4 Pocket or IKE style jacket PLUS wool garrison cap