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Full text of "Instructions for assembling the infantry equipment model of 1910"

No. 1717 



INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLING 



THE 



INFANTRY EQUIPMENT 

MODEL OF 1910 



ELEVEN FIGURES 






MARCH 11, 1912 




V 



WASHINGTON 

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 

1917 



No. 1717 



INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLING 



THE 



INFANTRY EQUIPMENT 

MODEL OF 1910 



ELEVEN FIGURES 



MARCH 11, 1912 




WASHINGTON 

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 

1917 



War Department, 
Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 

Washington, March 11, 1912. 
This Manual is published for the information and government of the Regular 
Army and Organized Militia of the United States. 
By order of the Secretary of War: 

William Crozieb, 
Brigadier General, Chief of Ordnance. 

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLING THE INFANTRY EQUIPMENT, 

MODEL OF 1910. 



1. The Cartridge Belt. 

(a) To assemble the belt. 

Place the adjusting strap on the ground, eyeleted edge to the 
front; place the pocket sections on the ground in prolongation of 
the adjusting strap, pockets down, tops of pockets to the front; 
insert end of adjusting strap in outer loop of metal guide, from the 
upper side, carry it under the middle bar and up through the inner 
loop; engage the wire hook on the end of adjusting strap in the 
eyelets provided on the inner surface of the belt. 

(h) To adjust the belt. 

Adjust the belt to fit loosely about the waist — i. e., so that when 
buckled it may rest well clown over the hip bones on the sides of the 
body and below the pit of the abdomen in front. Care should be 
taken that the adjustment be made equally from both ends of the 
adjusting strap, so that the center eyelet will be in the middle of the 
belt. 

(c) To fill the belt. 

Unsnap the flap of the pocket and the interior retaining strap ; 
lay the retaining strap out flat in prolongation of the pocket, insert 
a clip of cartridges, points of bullets up, in front of the retaining 
strap ; press down until the base of the clip rests on the bottom of 
the pocket; pass the retaining strap over the bullet points and fasten 
it to the outside of the pocket by means of the fastener provided; 
insert a second clip of cartridges, points of bullets down, in rear of 
the first clip : press down until the points of the bullets rest on the 
bottom of the pocket : close the flap of the pocket and fasten by means 
of the fastener provided. 

The remaining nine pockets are filled in like manner. 

2. To Attach the First-aii Pouch: 

Attach the pouch under the second pocket of the right section of 
the belt by inserting one hook of the double-hook attachment in the 
eyelet from the inside of the belt ; pinch the base of the pocket, bring- 
ing eyelets close together, and insert the other hooiv in the same 
manner in the adjoining eyelet. 

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6 ASSEMBLING INFANTRY EQUIPMENT, MODEL OF 1910. 

Place the first-aid packet in the pouch and secure the cover, 
o. To Attach the Canteen Cover: 

Attach the canteen cover to the belt under the rear i)ocket of the 
right section in the same manner as the first-aid pouch. 

Place the canteen and cup (assembled) in the cover and secure the 
flaps. 

4. To Attach the Pack Carrier to the Haversack : 

Spread the haversack on the ground, inner side down, outer flap to 
the front (fig. 4) ; place the buttonholed edge of the pack carrier on 
the buttonholed edge of the haversack, lettered side of carrier up; 
buttonholes of carrier superimposed upon the corresponding ones of 
the haversack ; lace the carrier to the haversack by passing the ends 
of the coupling strap down through the corresponding buttonholes 
of the carrier and haversack nearest the center of the carrier, bring- 
ing the ends up through the next buttonholes and continuing to the 
right and left, respectively, to the sides. 

5. To Attach the Cartridge Belt to the Haversack : 

Place the haversack and pack carrier (assembled) on the ground, 
inner side down (fig. 5) ; place the cartridge belt, pockets down, tops 
to the front, along the junction of the haversack and carrier: insert 
hook on rear belt suspender in the center eyelet of the adjusting 
strap, so that the end of the hook will be on the outside of the belt ; 
insert hooks on ends of front belt suspenders in the eyelets between 
the second and third pockets from the outer ends of the belt, so that 
the end of the hooks will be on the outside of the belt. 

6. To Attach the Bayonet Scabbard to the Haversack: 

Attach the scabbard by passing its lower end through the loop 
provided on the side of the haversack body, then engage the double- 
hook attachment in the eyelets on the outer flap on the haversack, 
inserting the hooks from the inside. 

Place the bayonet in the scabbard. 

7. To Attach the Intrenching Tool Carrier to the Haversack: 

Fold the outer flap of the haversack over so that the meat-can 
pouch is uppermost : pass the intrenching tool carrier underneath the 
meat-can pouch and engage the double-hook attachment in the eye- 
lets in the flap provided, inserting the hooks from the tmderside. 

Place the intrenching tool in the carrier and secure. 

Place the meat can, knife, fork, and spoon in the meat-can pouch. 

The equipment is now assembled and is never disassembled except 
to detach the pack carrier and its contents as hereinafter provided 
for. 



ASSEMBLING INFANTRY EQUIPMENT, MODEL OF 1910. 7 

TO ASSEMBLE THE FULL EQUIPMENT. 
(AViTH Rations.) 

Place the assembled eqiiipment on the ground, suspender side of 
haversack down, pockets of cartridge belt up, haversack spread out, 
inside flap and pack carrier extended their full length to the rear 
(fig. 6). 

Place three cartons of hard bread in the center of the haversack 
body, the lower one on the line of attachment of the inside flap ; lay 
the remaining carton of hard bread, the condiment can and the bacon 
can on the top of these, the condiment can and the bacon can at the 
bottom, top of the bacon can to the front ; the socks and toilet articles 
are rolled, towel on the outside, into a bundle of the same approxi- 
mate dimensions as a carton of hard bread, and are placed in front 
of the two rows thus formed. 

The inside flap of the haversack is folded over these articles, the 
end of the flap being turned in so that the flap, thus shortened, extends 
about 2 inches beyond the top of the upper row ; the sides of the haver- 
sack are folded over the sides of the rows ; the upper binding straps 
are passed through the loops on the outside of the inside flap, each 
strap through the loop opposite the point of its attachment to the 
haversack body, and fastened by means of the buckle on the opposite 
side, the strap being passed through the opening in the buckle next to 
its attachment, over the center bar, and back through the opening of 
the buckle away from its attachment : the strap is pulled tight to make 
the fastening secure: the outer flap of the haversack is folded over 
and fastened by means of the lower haversack binding strap and the 
buckle on the inside of the outer flap; the strap is pulled tight, draw- 
ing the outer flap snugly over the filled haversack. 

The haversack is now packed and the carrier is ready for the recep- 
tion of the pack (fig. 7). 

If one haversack ration and one emergency ration are carried in 
lieu of two haversack rations, the haversack is packed in the manner 
described above, except that two cartons of hard bread and the bacon 
can form the bottom layer, the bacon can on the bottom; the condi- 
ment can, the emergency ration, and the toilet articles form the top 
layer. 

If one emergency ration is carried in addition to the two haversack 
rations, it is packed on top of the top layer. 

To make the Pack (fig. 8) : 

Spread the shelter half on the ground and fold in the triangular 
ends, forming an approximate square from the half, the guy on the 
inside; fold the poncho once across its shortest dimension, then twice 
across its longest dimension, and lay it in the center of the sheltei 



8 ASSEMBLING INFANTRY EQUIPMENT, MODEL OF 1910. 

half; fold the blanket as described for the poncho and place it on the 
latter; place the shelter tent pins in the folds of the blanket, in 
the center and across the shortest dimension; fold the edges of the 
shelter half snugly over the blanket and poncho and. beginning on 
either of the short sides, roll tightly and compactly. This forms 
the pack. 

To Assemble the Pack (fig. 9) : 

Place the pack in the pack carrier and grasp the lower suspension 
rings, one in each hand ; place the right knee against the bottom of 
the roll; pull the carrier down and force the pack up close against 
the bottom of the packed haversack; without removing the knee, 
pass the lower carrier binding strap over the pack and secure it by 
means of the opposite buckle; in a similar manner secure the lower 
haversack binding strap and then the upper carrier binding strap. 

Engage the snap hook on the pack suspenders in the lower sus- 
pension rings. 

The equipment is now assembled and packed as prescribed for the 
full equipment. 

TO ASSEMBLE THE FULL EaUIPMENT. 

(Without Rations.) 

Place the assembled equipment on the ground as heretofore de- 
scribed; fold up the inside flap of the haversack so that its end will 
be on a line with the top of the haversack body ; fold up the lower 
haversack strap in the same manner. 

To Make up the Pack: 

Fold the poncho, blanket and shelter half, and make up the pack 
as heretofore prescribed, except that the condiment and bacon can 
(the former inside the latter) and the toilet articles and socks are 
rolled in the pack. In this case the pack is rolled, beginning on 
either of the long sides instead of the short sides, as heretofore 
described. 

To Assemble the Pack: 

Place the pack on the haversack and pack carrier, its upper end 
on a line with the upper edge of the haversack body; bind it to the 
haversack and carrier by means of the haversack and pack binding 
straps; fold down the outer flap on the haversack and secure it by 
means of the free end of the middle haversack binding strap and 
the buckle provided on the underside of the flap; engage the snap 
hooks of the, puck suspenders in the lower siispension rings. 

The equipment is now packed and assembled (fig. 10). 

To Adjust the Equipment to the Soldier: 

Put on the equipment, slipping the arms one at a time through 
the pack suspenders as through the sleeves of a coat: by means of 



ASSEMBLING INFANTRY EQUIPMENT, MODEL OF 1910. 9 

the adjusting buckles on the belt susj^enders, raise or lower the belt 
until it rests well down over the hip bones on the sides and below 
the pit of the abdomen in front; raise or lower it in rear until the 
adjusting strap lies smoothly across the small of the back; by 
means of the adjusting buckles on the pack suspenders, raise or 
lower the load on the back until the top of the haversack is on a 
level with the top of the shoulders, the pack suspenders, from their 
point of attachment to the haversack to the line of tangency with 
the shoulder, being horizontal. The latter is ahsolntely essential to 
th-e proper adjustment of the load. 
The position of the belt is the same whether filled or empty. 

TO ASSEMBLE THE FULL EQUIPMENT LESS THE PACK. 

(With Rations.) 

(Fig. 11.) 

Detach the carrier from the haversack ; place the rest of the equip- 
ment on the ground as heretofore described; place the four cartons 
of hard bread, the bacon can, the condiment can, and the toilet articles 
in one row in the middle of the haversack body, the toilet articles at 
the top, the bacon can at the bottom, top to the front, the row extend- 
ing from top to bottom of the haversack ; fold the inside flap over the 
row thus formed; fold the sides of the haversack up and over; pass 
the three haversack binding straps through the loops on the inside 
flap and secure by means of the buckles on the opposite side of the 
haversack; pass the lower haversack binding strap through the small 
buttonhole in the lower edge of the haversack, fold the outer flap of 
the haversack over the whole and secure by means of the buckle on 
its underside and the lower haversack binding strap. 

Pass the haversack suspension rings through the contiguous button- 
holes in the lower edge of the haversack and engage the snap hooks 
on the ends of the pack suspenders. 

If one haversack ration and one emergency ration are carried in 
lieu of two haversack rations, the haversack is packed in the manner 
described above, except that one emergenc}^ ration is substituted for 
two of the cartons of hard bread. 

If one emergency ration is carried in addition to the two haversack 
rations, it is packed on top of the layer. 

TO ASSEMBLE THE FULL EQUIPMENT LESS THE PACK. 

(Without Rations.) 

Detach the carrier from the haversack ; place the rest of the equip- 
ment on the ground as heretofore described ; fold up the inside flap 
of the haversack until its upper end is on a line Avith the top of the 
haversack body; fold the sides of the haversack over, pass the three 



10 ASSEMBLING INFAXTEY EQUIPMENT, MODEL OF 1910. 

haversack binding straps through the loops on the inside flap and 
secure by means of the buckles on the opposite side of the haver- 
sack; pass the lower haversack binding strap through the small 
buttonhole in the lower edge of the haversack; place the condiment 
and bacon can (the former inside the latter) and the toilet articles 
and socks in the bottom of the pouch thus formed; fold the outer 
flap of the haversack over the whole and secure by means of the 
buckle on its underside and the lower haversack binding strap. 

Pass the haversack suspension rings through the contiguous but- 
tonholes in the lower edge of the haversack and engage the snap 
hooks on the ends of the pack suspenders. 

To Adjust the Equipment to the Soldier: 

Put on the equipment as prescribed for the full equipment. Ad- 
just the cartridge belt as prescribed for the full equipment. Adjust 
the pack suspenders so that the top of the haversack is on a level 
with the top of the shoulders. 

TO DISCARD THE PACK WITHOUT REMOVING THE EQUIPMENT 

FROM THE BODY. 

Unsnap the pack suspenders from the suspension rings and snap 
them into the eyelets on top of the belt and in rear of the rear 
pockets of the right and left pocket sections; support the bottom 
of the pack with the left hand and with the right hand grasp the 
coupling strap at its middle and withdraw first one end, then the 
other; press down gently on the pack with both hands and remove 
it. When the pack has been removed, lace the coupling strap into 
the buttonholes along the upper edge of the carrier. Adjust the 
pack suspenders. 

AVAR Department, 

Office of the Chikf of Ordnance, 

Washington, March Jl, 1912. 
Form No. 1717. 
Ed. May 25—17 5,(XK). 

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