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Post  murph on Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:35 am

What do we know about the topic? Mariea is interested to know a little about what the well dressed US ARMY woman might have been wearing back in 1944/45. It's mainly so she can put together a 'look' for the forthcoming visit to Normandy.

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Post  samharris45 on Tue May 03, 2011 7:15 am

murph wrote:What do we know about the topic? Mariea is interested to know a little about what the well dressed US ARMY woman might have been wearing back in 1944/45. It's mainly so she can put together a 'look' for the forthcoming visit to Normandy.

I think this one may be for Ben to answer, and not because he wears women’s clothing lol!

Do you have the GI Collectors guide Ian?

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Post  Guest on Tue May 03, 2011 10:02 am

Hi Murph,

As with anything, it largely depends on what she wants to portray. There are several options available, and each one has a different uniform regulation:

- Women's Army Corps (WAC)
- Army Nurse Corps (ANC)
- American Red Cross Volunteer (ARC)

You then need to decide on impression / time period. Female uniforms and equipment were almost as varied as the male soldier's.

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Post  Dantheman on Tue May 03, 2011 11:19 am

I think a basic warning order (in addition to one of us) for the forthcoming Normandy trip would be handy.

I'm kind of in the same boat, I've bought HBT's for Clare along with original M36 pistol belt, canteen/carrier and carlisle pouch/dressing... beyond that i need advice to complete her basic impression and of course guidance as to which impression the girls are doing???? easiest? simplest????

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Post  Gina_Costina on Tue May 03, 2011 12:07 pm

Jeanettes got a HBT shirt and two pairs of HBT trousers, be good ideas as you say that they all look the same -pistol bely, canteen, aid pouch etc. Benjamin? thoughts?

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Post  Guest on Tue May 03, 2011 7:58 pm

Johnny_Costino wrote:Jeanettes got a HBT shirt and two pairs of HBT trousers, be good ideas as you say that they all look the same -pistol bely, canteen, aid pouch etc. Benjamin? thoughts?

I don't think the ladies will take too kindly to wearing pistol bellies Shocked

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Post  Gina_Costina on Tue May 03, 2011 8:28 pm

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Johnny_Costino wrote:Jeanettes got a HBT shirt and two pairs of HBT trousers, be good ideas as you say that they all look the same -pistol bely, canteen, aid pouch etc. Benjamin? thoughts?

I don't think the ladies will take too kindly to wearing pistol bellies Shocked

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Post  Guest on Tue May 03, 2011 9:58 pm

Well, easiest thing for a Normandy impression for the ladies is as Nurses with an Evac Hospital. I will post two separate Warning Orders in due course; one for the guys, one for the girls.

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Post  Gina_Costina on Tue May 03, 2011 10:36 pm

BenM wrote:Well, easiest thing for a Normandy impression for the ladies is as Nurses with an Evac Hospital. I will post two separate Warning Orders in due course; one for the guys, one for the girls.

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Good man! I doubt very much the girls will have much interest in who/what they are portraying, but its important to us , and its key that they are all "uniform"....

(are we creating Stepford wives!!??)

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Post  Dantheman on Wed May 04, 2011 11:48 am

BenM wrote:Well, easiest thing for a Normandy impression for the ladies is as Nurses with an Evac Hospital. I will post two separate Warning Orders in due course; one for the guys, one for the girls.

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Post  Guest on Wed May 04, 2011 12:05 pm

Johnny_Costino wrote:Good man! I doubt very much the girls will have much interest in who/what they are portraying, but its important to us , and its key that they are all "uniform"....

Maybe it's better to wait for them to find their own way and interest in the hobby then, rather than trying to shoehorn them into an impression they don't really feel passionate about? Let's face it, if a bloke came to the group and wanted to join, but didn't have any interest in who / what he was portraying, would we have him as a member?

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Post  Gina_Costina on Wed May 04, 2011 1:57 pm

Agreed, but women being women I'm sure that they will be happy if they look uniform. I can hear it now otherwise, "Paul, why has Marta got two bags and I can only have one..." and "Clare's a LT, and I'm only a corporal..."

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Post  Guest on Wed May 04, 2011 2:02 pm

What makes you think Marta's going to be wearing a uniform? Laughing I very much doubt she'll be in uniform...

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Post  Gina_Costina on Wed May 04, 2011 3:34 pm

BenM wrote:What makes you think Marta's going to be wearing a uniform? Laughing I very much doubt she'll be in uniform...

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Now you've done it... I can hear it now"Paaauuuuuuuuuuul!! Marta' not in uniform why do I have to wear this shite collectable clothing?" !!!!

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Post  Camel1815 on Wed May 04, 2011 7:09 pm

BenM wrote:What makes you think Marta's going to be wearing a uniform? Laughing I very much doubt she'll be in uniform...

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Post  Guest on Wed May 04, 2011 8:52 pm

Camel1815 wrote:*naughty thoughts*, stop it now Richard!!! No No Embarassed Wink

I've already told you - it's not that kind of holiday, Richard! Laughing

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Post  murph on Mon May 09, 2011 10:59 am

Well thanks for the input. I can now report that M. is the proud owner of HBT trousers and jacket/cap and roughout boots. I have a gas mask bag (not repro!) and can sort out a pistol belt and canteen etc. She will be doing Army Nurse I guess. Would the US and Medical Corps. DI pins look out of place? Oh also have a Medic pot and RC arm band. It's taken me four years to get her to this point and I don't want to put her off but we may well be on the way to starting a womens section. Very Happy

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Post  Guest on Mon May 09, 2011 12:47 pm

Sounds good Murph. There are a few shots of Army Nurse Corps members wearing the Caduceus collar insignia with the "N" adorned, but very few actually in the field (most are publicity shots for Yank, Life, or somesuch).

Just an advisory note, ANC were NOT issued with GC-marked M1 Helmets. Better off with an unpainted M1 shell.

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Post  Pat on Mon May 09, 2011 6:28 pm

Can this website help ?

http://www.history.army.mil/books/wac/appendix-d.htm

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Post  Guest on Mon May 09, 2011 7:17 pm

Hi Pat,

That site is for the Women's Army Corps. I think the main impression the guys' better halves are working on is the Army Nurse Corps (separate organization). The following page from our website might help, though:

http://med-dept.com/anc.php

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Post  Pat on Mon May 09, 2011 7:27 pm

Ach so Laughing why women have to be so difficult !!! Indeed if they want to portray ANCs, a good source of information is your site ben !!

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Post  murph on Tue May 10, 2011 9:52 am

BenM wrote:Sounds good Murph. There are a few shots of Army Nurse Corps members wearing the Caduceus collar insignia with the "N" adorned, but very few actually in the field (most are publicity shots for Yank, Life, or somesuch).

Just an advisory note, ANC were NOT issued with GC-marked M1 Helmets. Better off with an unpainted M1 shell.

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Post  dragoon_44 on Tue May 10, 2011 7:18 pm

Heya,

Best website i know of, and the host is happy to help with questions...

http://blitzkriegbaby.de/homepage.htm

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Post  Guest on Tue May 10, 2011 8:40 pm

I see in his sources and links section the first link is Bens website, on which he says. "This homepage is an excellent research source to anyone interested in WW2 United States Army Medical history. Includes a detailed article about the ANC." Very Happy

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Post  Guest on Sun May 15, 2011 4:58 pm

Warning Order for Normandy has now been posted. For clarity, I included the Ladies' section in the same one:
http://a-i-m.forumotion.co.uk/t1212-wo-normandy-trip-2011-3-11-june-2011

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