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Puttees vs. Gaiters

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I am trying to approximately date the attached photo of four friends in an American infantry company. I’m inclined to think that it was taken in early spring, 1919 in France, in part, for the following reason. One of the men is wearing puttees, while the other three are wearing canvas leggings/gaiters.  All four soldiers saw combat together during the summer of 1918, and I suspect all were following the norm at the time for an infantryman of wearing puttees.  Without providing any additional information, I’d like to get some educated opinions on why in the photograph, three are wearing gaiters, while one is wearing puttees.



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