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Military Exercise: 1917

Military Exercise: 1917

1917 or 1918. "Military training." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Buns of Steel

Nice butts on the officers in the foreground. I guess those Buns Of Steel sessions really pay off.

Don't be in a hurry to grow up

I like the (apparently) young boy just visible behind the big tree. This war will be over by the time he's old enough, but he'll be in time for the next one.

Exercise or audition?

Are they exercising or auditioning for the dance corps for the next revival of "Toodles"?

Jump School

"Men, you will attend Jump School for ONE WEEK!"
(Incredulous gasps, groans.)

"Men! At the end of that week, all survivors will be issued PARACHUTES!"
(Stunned silence.)

Badger, Badger, Mushroom

Campaign hats

Notice each man has a campaign hat (a.k.a. Smokey Bear hat) with the "Montana" peak; this was standard issue for Army and Marines until about 1942. These started becoming obsolete during World War I because they were incompatible with steel helmets. The French-origin "overseas" cap eventually replaced the campaign hat because it was flat and stored easily.

And look at the guy in the front, just above the small tree and to the right; he looks like he either has really tight quads or had a wee bit too much booze at the dance hall last night! I see KP duty in his future...hee hee!

Flying Aces

"Men, we don't have the budget for each of you to have your own Flying Machine. But the good news is, the enemy is easily fooled when we assume the flying position!"

"If we ever fight the Russians..."

"'ll need to know how to dance like this."

Flaps extended

"Aviation cadets in the Army Signal Corps receive their first flying lesson."

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