The G.I. Collector's Guide: U.S. Army Service Forces Catalog, European Theater of Operations, Volume 1

Published on
April 25, 2023
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Henri-Paul Enjames
Other Publication Information
Hardcover, 9x12 inches, 272 pages
Company: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site

Henri-Paul Enjames started collecting uniforms and equipment of the American soldier in Europe during the 19 43–1945 period. He was fascinated by the power of the United States Army and how it supplied soldiers with the most modern equipment and uniforms. His collection includes items in the best possible condition, many with readable markings providing information about manufacture dates and models. He used a 1943 Quartermaster Corps supply catalog to organize and show his collection. His intention with this book is to gather as much information as possible on the uniforms and equipment of the American soldier in Europe to illustrate authentic items.

Enjames’ Collection is shown in high-quality color photographs of the actual items with captions of the articles name, number, and years of use. Additional text provides background on the equipment illustrated.

The chapters are organized similar to the 1943 QMC Supply Catalog:

  • Preface
  • Introduction: The United States Army
  1. Insignia and Decorations
  2. Uniforms
  3. Individual Equipment
  4. Small Arms and Crew-Served Light Weapons
  5. Tentage, Sleeping and Bivouac Equipment
  6. Armored Troops
  7. Airborne Troops
  8. Mountain Troops
  9. Female Personnel
  10. Military Police
  11. Army Rations
  12. The Corps of Engineers
  13. The Signal Corps
  14. Chemical Warfare
  15. The Medical Department
  16. Army Chaplains
  17. Army Publications and Other Printed Material
  18. Sports and Recreation
  19. Personal Items
  20. Trophies and Souvenirs
  • Abbreviations
  • Index
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments

There is extensive coverage of items in each section including weapons, uniforms, and personal gear. Sections are provided to illustrate specialized gear for airborne, armored, and mountain troops, engineers, signalers, military police, medics, chaplains, and female personnel.

Items are shown with their catalog numbers with brief descriptions, including close-ups of labels to aid identification. There are occasional brief paragraphs of text describing use of the items, and some period photos from the U.S. National Archives.

This is an awesome collection of US military gear and is beautifully illustrated with color photos. Items are clearly labeled, and the brief text and period photos describe use of the gear. This book is a valuable resource volume for military historians, collectors, and modelers alike. This volume is a must-have for modelers of WWII US Army personnel.

Thanks to Casemate for publishing this volume and providing a review sample to IPMS.


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