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The M-1938 Legging - An Introduction

Published: Fall 2008
Author: Mike "Squirrely" Ellis


Along with the M1 helmet and rifle, the M1938 dismounted legging was one of the icons of the WWII U.S. GI. This item is well-known by all reenactors, and was infamous among the troops as being awkward to wear, slow to don, and even slower to take off if one had a rock in his boot.



This article will teach you how to correctly put on and tie your leggings, various styles of wear, hints, tips, and discuss some relevant background information.




Army vs. Navy Markings

Wearing Them--

Correct Use
Lacing Methods
Putting Them On
Step 1-2
Step 3-5
Step 6-9
Step 10
Step 11

Different Ways to Wear Leggings--

The High Roller
The Cut Down
No Leggings?
Leggings For Dummies

War Time Changes--

Reduced Eyelets
The Change to O.D. #7
Leggings, Dismounted, O.D.
Factory-made Cut Downs?

Other Hints and Tips--

Taking Out That Rock




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