Full Load

This studio photograph taken in 1917 gives a good idea of the load carried by US soldiers during the Great War. Doughboys used the M-1910 haversack (or M10), which was the standard back pack for all infantrymen. It was essentially a sheet of rugged khaki-colored canvas folded around its contents (bedroll, clothing, daily rations, and assorted personal items), and held together by flaps and adjustable buckle-straps. 

This pack remained in service until 1928 when it was superseded by the slightly modified M-1928 pack, which was the model used during WW2.



3 thoughts on “Full Load

  1. A super photo!
    I thought the backdrop painting looked familiar and it is the same as the one behind the photograph of the four US Officers you showed us in Dec 2013. It is also behind the Doughboys posted in March 2013; and then it appears behind more and more posts of American soldiers, (Of course my favorite was the three bandsmen!) until I finally tracked down your first post about this marvelous studio in Tréveray and its amazing collection of photographs. These photos really deserve a special tag.
    Comparing the different characters that were assembled for the photographer, the men look too carefully dressed to be just posing for postcard souvenirs. This fellow looks like his sergeant is watching him from behind the camera. They resemble images found in regimental commemorative campaign books. Since In 1917 the US Army was just beginning to understand it needed agents and publicists to promote the war effort and inspire recruitment, perhaps they had a propaganda purpose.
    Now that I know what to look for, I look forward to meeting all 450 of these men.

  2. Hello Mike!

    Many thanks for this long and enthusiastic comment! All these pictures were taken in Tréveray; everytime I publish a post I indicate where the action took place, I’ll try to implement a way to search pics according to their location.
    This archive of 450 pics (to be more precise they were negatives on glass plates) is a real treasure and I am glad/proud to own it. I was in touch with some publishers and there’s a project to do an exhibition in the very same village in 2017, I’ll keep you informed.

    Anyway, here are somes of my preferred pics of the series:

    Enjoy them!


    • These photos are a remarkable treasure and almost deserve a blog or book by themselves. I can see now that the cafe doorway was a favorite background for the photographer too. Perhaps the door still exists? This is an exciting project that I hope you will be able to present to the world. Given the American subject I would think that a sponsor could be found in the US too.

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