Cavalry leggings
Leggings of various designs have been issued to American soldiers since the Revolutionary War. This Model 1917 example was for Cavalry and other mounted soldiers and had a reinforced leather inseam. In 1918 the Army directed that leggings be replaced by cumbersome but more effective spiral puttees, a directive that was widely ignored by soldiers who preferred leggings.

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Photo by: Eric Reinert |  VIRIN: 220627-A-DS407-006.JPG