90th IDPG Research


The M-1938 Legging - An Introduction

Published: Fall 2008
Author: Mike "Squirrely" Ellis

Taking out that rock--

If you’re on the march and need to get something out of your boot in a hurry, there is a method used by some GI’s. Unbuckle the bottom strap on your boot:


Unlace the bottom three hooks:


ROLL, do not pull, but roll the legging upward and off of your service shoe, until it clears:


Your boot should now be exposed and ready to remove:


You may now untie your boot and change socks. Unless you cheated, and tucked your trousers into your socks when donning the legging:


Reverse the process to put the boot back on. This is also a good way to dry your feet when spending time in a fox hole, but there is always the danger of unexpected attack. Regardless, removing one’s boots in a combat zone is always tempting fate.

A soldier who has just replaced his service shoes without removing his leggings.




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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