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This is a WWII US Army enlisted man uniform. Known as the Class B. Starting at the top there is an overseas hat. Of wool construction. Blue piping. The shirt is a two pocket design with closing flaps. The buttons are dark Brown in color and made of plastic. The shirt is of wool construction. Both sleeves display a Tech Fourth Grade rank patches. One sleeve has the 97th Infantry Division patch. The tie is of Khaki color.

The pants are of wool construction. Classical design with two front and two rear pockets. A Khaki cotton 1 inch belt with a brass cap at the end and a brass buckle with a slider bar was standanrd issue.

The shoes illustrated here are not correct. They should be Brown in color.

The 97th Infantry Division was a unit of the US Army in WWI and WWII. It's nickname was the "Trident Division" because of the design of the shoulder patch. A vertical trident in White on a Blue background. The division was originally trained in amphibious assaults as preparation for deployment in the pacific theater. It was deployed to Europe in 1944 when casualties from the battle of the Bulge needed to be replaced.

All armies of ther world have a way to indicate the grade of each soldier.

The soldiers of the continental army in our revolutionary war showed their grade differently than we do, General Washington ordered sergeants to sew a stripe of bright red cloth on their shoulders, and corporals a green stripe.

Enlisted grades are shown by chevrons. The chevron is a very old and honorable device which was often painted on the shields of knights of ancient days. In the begining it was probably drawn to represent the rafters of a house, and so it points upward. In a sense it means "the top of the house". We have used chevrons since the revolution, but its present spot above the elbow dates from 1833.

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