Whether referred to as web gear, TE-21, TA50, LBE or LCE, the American soldier's individual combat equipment was seldom praised – except by its developers. Nevertheless, it has always been, and will continue to be an essential part of the fighting man's burden. With the aid of plenty of contemporary photographs, diagrams, and eight full page colour plates by Osprey veteran Ron Volstad, Gordon Rottman's text unearths a wealth of information on the changing nature of US combat equipments from 1910-1988.
Read an extract of US Army Combat Equipments 1910–88
Table of Contents
Introduction · The M1910 Infantry Equipment · The M1912/14 Cavalry Equipment · The M1917/18 Equipment · Early World War II Improved 1910 Equipment · Late World War II M1910 Equipment · The M1956 Load Carrying Equipment · The M1967 Modernized Load Carrying Equipment · The All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment · The Integrated Individual Fighting System · The Plates