US Infantry Equipment: 1775-1910/Philip Katcher, Bryan Fosten. Osprey Men at Arms Series 214. Softcover. First edition 1989. Out of print. Condition: Very good. ISBN 0850459362
The development of US Army infantry equipment has been a story of trial and error, of adopting new designs to meet new problems. It was not until 1910 that a whole system of equipment, including everything from the waist belts and canteens, to cartridge-carriers and haversacks, was officially adopted. Prior to that, each piece of equipment was designed to meet a specific need, without any consideration of anything else the soldier had to carry. Packed with photographs and illustrations, this book explores the history of US Infantry equipment from 1775 to 1910, covering everything from blankets to bayonets.