Original U.S. WWI 301st Infantry Regiment 94th Division Named Officer Uniform Grouping

Item Description

Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. This World War One Third United States Army 301st Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division named officer grouping that contains the following items:

- Original U.S. Wool Army officer tunic in very good condition with Lieutenant rank insignia pins to each epaulet, 301st Infantry Regiment collar pins and U.S.R. pins. Jacket is tailor-made with tailor label from JACOB REED'S SONS of Philadelphia, PA and named in hand written ink to Lt. R. R. Nelson. Jackets complete with all buttons.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 9"
Shoulder to sleeve: 24.5"
Shoulder to shoulder: 16"
Chest width: 18"
Waist width: 17"
Hip width: 28.5"
Front length: 21"

- Original WWI Officer Jodhpur style pants constructed of wool in very good condition complete with all buttons and leather inside calf pads. Approximate Measurements: Waist: 30", Inseam 25".

- Original WWI Officer leather Sam Browne style belt with cross celt and .45 magazine pouch offered in very good condition.

- Original WWI Officer brown leather knee high boots in approximate size US 11. Featuring "Cat's Paw" heels. Boots are offered in very good condition.

- Original WWI Officer leather leggings, puttees or gaiters offered in very good condition.

- Reproduction U.S. WWI officer visor cap in size US 7 (56cm).

This is a very handsome complete named Great War officer's uniform grouping!

The 94th started as a provisional division in 1918. It was originally going to be formed as the 94th (Puerto-Rico) Division, based in Puerto Rico and composed of Spanish-speaking troops. However, the US Army lacked enough Spanish-speaking instructors to train the necessary support and technical services units, so it was agreed to create it as a "paper" division like the 93rd. The infantry regiments were assigned numbers 373 through 376, which would have been associated with the National Army's 94th Division. Only the 373rd–375th Infantry Regiments were formed. With the close of World War I, the division was disbanded. One of the Division's nicknames, the "Neuf-Cats" most likely comes from this era as most World War I combat was set in France, and the number '94' was pronounced in French as "Neuf-Quatre", literally, "Nine-Four". As the French numeral "Quatre" is pronounced as the English "cat", the division decided to adopt this as a nickname and pluralized it.
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