By Philip Katcher
Uniformed volunteer devices have been raised via contributors, frequently from an area's social élite who had adequate spare time and cash to spend on such enthusiasms. They voted on their unit designation, their officials and non-commissioned officials, their unit ideas, and their uniform. Many destiny leaders discovered their abilities in those ranks, and volunteer defense force devices shaped the center of many combating devices on each side of the Mason-Dixon line. With assistance from quite a few images and illustrations, together with 8 complete web page color plates via Ron Volstad, Philip Katcher does a good task of detailing the uniforms of the volunteer defense force of the yank Civil warfare (1861-1865).
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Rank was worn on the forearms. The Other Ranks jacket was made from a drab serge fabric and closed down the front with five ‘NZ Forces’ buttons. The collar was the standand-fall type, closed with a pair of hooks-and-eyes. There were two patch pockets on the chest and two internal hanging pockets below the waist. Staff Sergeant Bill Fenton, photographed in 1940 before he left for active service, which would see him serve as a CSM and Temporary RSM in 24th Bn until he was wounded at El Alamein and sent home.
The British-designed 1937 web equipment that eventually replaced the outdated ’08 pattern consisted of belt, braces, ‘basic’ pouches, bayonet frog, haversack, pack, water-bottle carrier, support straps and pack straps. The entrenching tool and carrier were not issued. Officers were issued with a binocular case, compass pouch, holster, pistol ammunition pouch, and an officer’s small ‘valise’ haversack. The 2nd Echelon were issued with the new webbing in mid-1940 while stationed in England, the 1st and 3rd Echelons in late 1940 in Egypt, and 2nd NZ Div retained it throughout the war.
The 2nd Echelon were issued with the new webbing in mid-1940 while stationed in England, the 1st and 3rd Echelons in late 1940 in Egypt, and 2nd NZ Div retained it throughout the war. The British-made webbing was a light tan colour and the original issue was made by the Mills Equipment Company. In Italy some units camouflaged the webbing with green blotches. In 1942 large amounts of Canadian-made ’37 pattern webbing arrived in New Zealand; this was of a more yellowish colour than the British set, and some pieces were constructed slightly differently.
American Civil War Armies (5): Volunteer Militia (Men-at-Arms, Volume 207) by Philip Katcher