Original U.S. Army Pre-WWI M1912 Officer Summer Field Blouse
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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition cotton summer khaki patter 1912 field blouse for an officer in the Infantry. It features rimmed buttons, stand up collar, and P”4 P” infantry insignia with pin backs.
Collar to shoulder: 9”
Shoulder to sleeve: 25”
Shoulder to shoulder: 15.5”
Chest width: 18”
Waist width: 16”
Hip width: 21”
Front length: 28″
During the Spanish-American War, several volunteer units were sent for tropical duty wearing lightweight cotton rather than the Army’s standard blue wool uniforms. Following experiences in the Spanish-American War, the U.S. Army formally adopted khaki-colored uniforms. It would only be a few years until it had all but abandoned the blue wool it had worn for more than a century.
As early as 1898, regulations specified a field service blouse for all commissioned officers and enlisted men to be made of “cotton drilling or khaki, light-brown in color…” This departure from the blue uniform, however, was only for the service uniform. While “on marches,…