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I always thought that when you join the military, your uniform is issued by the organization that you join - end of discussion. This, from 1944, notes that “when a Wac arrives at the training center she is issued complete clothing and equipment,” but also that “when a Wac becomes an officer, she is given a clothing allowance of $250 cash to cover the purchase of her uniforms.” It doesn’t say where she would go to buy those articles.

In the U.K., at least, it seems that those who could afford it had the option of ordering a (possibly better-quality?) uniform from some fairly high-end clothing makers. Note that Simpson was making a point of marketing to women as well as men, and that both of the Austin Reed ads are directed specifically at women. Not only that, but Austin Reed made uniforms for some of the civilian women’s uniformed services - including the M.T.C.!

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Captain Penelope Icer, a former native of Jupiter who immigrated to earth following the Jupiter wars. She is now head of the Icer Garuda Transport corps, the largest and most successful transporting firm currently working on earth. She works primarily for the Dominion and has multiple mercenaries working under her for security, most notable Jean Belanger and her crew, the Talon’s.

French Mle. 1831 Infantry Sword, dated 1832

For @qsy-complains-a-lot

This early example of the ever so influential French infantry and artillery gladius is dated 1832 at the ricasso. Manufacturer’s and inspector’s stamps are present on both sides of the blade, including the (B) mark of J.A.Bisch, the inspector at Klingenthal.

The British Army copied the hilt of this sword for the Pattern 1856 Land Transport Corps Sword for other ranks.

dilhowlter1991  asked:

Hi! Could you do a post on the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers from their formation to modern day? Thanks

@dilhowlter1991

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME; pronounced phonetically as “Reemee” with stress on the first syllable) is a corps of the British Army that maintains the equipment that the British Army uses.

Prior to REME’s formation, maintenance was the responsibility of several different corps:

Royal Army Ordnance Corps—weapons and armoured vehicles
Royal Engineers—engineering plant and machinery, and RE motor transport
Royal Corps of Signals—communications equipment
Royal Army Service Corps—other motor transport
Royal Artillery-heavy weapons artificers
World War II’s increase in quantity and complexity of equipment exposed the flaws in this system. Pursuant to the recommendation of a committee William Beveridge chaired, the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was formed on 1 October 1942.

Such a major re-organisation was too complex to be carried out quickly and completely in the middle of a world war. Therefore, the changeover was undertaken in two phases. In Phase I, which was implemented immediately, REME was formed on the existing framework of the RAOC Engineering Branch, strengthened by the transfer of certain technical units and tradesmen from the RE and RASC.

At the same time a number of individual tradesmen were transferred into REME from other corps. The new corps was made responsible for repairing the technical equipment of all arms with certain major exceptions.
REME did not yet undertake:

Those repairs which were carried out by unit tradesmen who were driver/mechanics or fitters in regiments and belonged to the unit rather than being attached to it.

Repairs of RASC-operated vehicles, which remained the responsibility of the RASC; each RASC Transport Company had its own workshop.

Repairs of RE specialist equipment, which remained the responsibility of the RE.

In 1949, it was decided that “REME Phase II” should be implemented. This decision was published in Army Council Instruction 110 of 1949, and the necessary reorganisation was carried out in the various arms and services in three stages between July 1951 and January 1952. The main changes were:

The transfer to REME of most of the unit repair responsibilities of other arms (Infantry, Royal Artillery, Royal Armoured Corps etc.).

The provision of Light Aid Detachments for certain units that had not possessed them under the old organisation.

The provision of new REME workshops to carry out field repairs in RASC transport companies. Maintenance of vessels of the RASC fleet whilst in port was given to the fleet repair branch, a civilian organisation who came under the R.E.M.E umbrella.

This organisation was also responsible for arranging and overseeing ship refits.

At the end of the war, the Allies occupied the major German industrial centres to decide their fate. The Volkswagen factory at Wolfsburg became part of the British Zone in June 1945 and No. 30 Workshop Control Unit, REME, assumed control in July. They operated under the overall direction of Colonel Michael McEvoy at Rhine Army Headquarters, Bad Oeynhausen. Uniquely, he had experience of the KdF Wagen in his pre-war career as a motor racing engineer.
Whilst attending the Berlin Motor Show in 1939 he was able to test drive one. After visiting the Volkswagen factory he had the idea of trying to get Volkswagen back into production to provide light transport for the occupying forces. The British Army, Red Cross and essential German services were chronically short of light vehicles. If the factory could provide them, there would be no cost to the British taxpayer and the factory could be saved. To do this a good manager with technical experience would be needed.

Maj. Ivan Hirst was told simply to “take charge of” the Volkswagen plant before arriving in August 1945. He had drains fixed and bomb craters filled in; land in front of the factory was given over to food production.

At first, the wartime Kubelwagen was viewed as a suitable vehicle. Once it became clear it could not be put back into production, the Volkswagen saloon or Kaefer (Beetle) was suggested.

Hirst had an example delivered to Rhine Army headquarters where it was demonstrated by Colonel McEvoy. The positive reaction led to the Military Government placing an order for 20,000 Volkswagens in September 1945.

This picture was taken on a foggy morning when vendors were taking bananas down to the nearest market that is about 10 kilometers away. Many of the plentiful fruits available in my village are taken down to markets to sell, so the roads are always full of cyclists with bulging loads of bananas and pineapples zipping up and down the rocky road!“
-Peace Corps Malawi Volunteer Emma Bussard

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The FDNY Marine Corps Association transported a piece of World Trade Center steel to Virginia on Oct. 4, to use for a memorial at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The steel was dedicated on Oct. 5, in a special memorial honoring the 17 FDNY U.S. Marines who died on Sept. 11, 2001. In this photo, a steelworker installs it into the Memorial.

Writer John Edgar Wideman was thinking of writing a novel based on the Emmett Till case, when he came across the story of Louis Till, Emmett’s father:

Louis Till was serving overseas in the Transportation Corps of the U.S. Army during World War II. The army was still segregated at the time, and he and another African-American private, Fred McMurray, were found guilty by an army court-martial of raping two Italian women and murdering one during an air raid in 1944. Both men were hanged, but Wideman isn’t convinced of their guilt.

“Louis Till nor Fred McMurray ever had a chance,” Wideman tells NPR’s Scott Simon. “It was decided long before anybody even knew their names that some black soldiers are going to take the fall for these crimes.”

Wideman’s book about the case is called Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File.

Emmett Till’s Father Was Also Hanged: A New Book Tells His Story