Sunday, April 17, 2016

US Mountain Soldiers Set Up Small Tents

A large group of Tenth Mountain Division soldiers set up small tents in the middle of a grassy field in the mountains in Colorado during training, 1943 or 1944. These two-man mountain tent with integral floor sheet was provided with two three-section tent poles, but it was quicker to erect it by stringing a ridge cord between two trees. The tent had to be roomier than the standard “pup tent” made up from shelter halves, owing to the troopers’ bulky sleeping bags and other extra gear. It was reversible from olive drab to white, and had a floor. The tubular entrances and vents at each end helped prevent blowing snow from entering. Two types of snowshoes were issued to the mountain troopers: The “bivouac” or “bearpaw” type, for moving around between the tents in snowbound overnight camps, measured 28in long and 13in wide, while the “trail snowshoe” was 58in long by 10in wide. Fitted with leather bindings, both types could be attached to any kind of boot or shoepac (waterproof winter boots).

Source :
Book "US 10th Mountain Division in World War II" by Gordon L. Rottman and Peter Dennis

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