90th IDPG Research


The M-1938 Legging - An Introduction

Published: Fall 2008
Author: Mike "Squirrely" Ellis

Army vs. Navy Markings--


Typical Army markings


Navy/Marine Corp leggings will generally feature brass hardware, and be khaki in color. Eyelets will be similar to late war Army leggings, but with dates much earlier in the war. Markings are usually something similar to "6 GREGORY & READ CO. NXSX 24662 3/12/43". Finding any legging marked "NXSX" or "NXS" is a dead giveaway, as this refers to the Navy Supplies and Accounts contract number. Navy pattern leggings were sized using a different system than Army leggings, meaning that a size "4" Navy is not the same as a "4" Army. This is the second big giveaway - Navy leggings do not use the R/L size suffixes. If it's marked 3R, chances are it's Army. If it's only marked "3", chances are it's not.


Typical Navy/Marine Corps markings. These were not used by the US Army in the ETO.




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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