90th IDPG Research


The M-1938 Legging - An Introduction

Published: Fall 2008
Author: Mike "Squirrely" Ellis

Factory-Made Cut Downs?--
Some were manufactured 3” shorter, right from the factory – this mirrored what many GI’s were doing with the trench knife or bayonet.

A transitional example, manufactured with a 1943 contract. Compare this to the OD #7 as shown below.


Short Leggings - compare to the full length. It appears that the vast majority of factory made short leggings were transitional or OD #7.




Army vs. Navy Markings

Wearing Them--

Correct Use
Lacing Methods
Putting Them On
Step 1-2
Step 3-5
Step 6-9
Step 10
Step 11

Different Ways to Wear Leggings--

The High Roller
The Cut Down
No Leggings?
Leggings For Dummies

War Time Changes--

Reduced Eyelets
The Change to O.D. #7
Leggings, Dismounted, O.D.
Factory-made Cut Downs?

Other Hints and Tips--

Taking Out That Rock




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