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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2012 8:13 p.m. PST

Would the artillerists in a Priest have different color shako cords than normal 105mm foot artillery?
Do the officers still wear the OD pelisse?

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Dec 2012 8:17 p.m. PST

African or European?

Meiczyslaw Inactive Member03 Dec 2012 8:17 p.m. PST

I think they wear tarletons instead of shakos.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2012 8:20 p.m. PST

But would Americans call it a "Tarleton"?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2012 8:30 p.m. PST

NO, it's a 'Tareyton,' after the cigarette popular
during WWII.

Justin Penwith03 Dec 2012 9:13 p.m. PST


The uniform regulations of 1943 weren't fully adopted by the SP Regiments until after 6 June 1944, in Europe. Of course, some regiments never did officially adopt the new cords as the war ended and those units were disbanded.

I cannot answer about the pelisse, but I have seen photos of the officers wearing sabretaches under their ponchos.

Don Manser03 Dec 2012 9:17 p.m. PST

1942 or 1944 ?

Don Manser03 Dec 2012 9:19 p.m. PST

And don't forget the distinguishing difference in the sabertache.


Roderick Robertson Fezian03 Dec 2012 10:46 p.m. PST

The "Priest" artillerists wore the Cassock until after D-Day, when they switched to the more popular "Dog Collar". Other artillerists wore either the pelisse, busby and sabretache (larger calibers), or a modified Taryton and shell jacket. Those serving larger calibre guns carried the M1913 "Patton" sabre and a modified Howdah pistol, while the smaller calibre troops carried the French M1863 Artillery sword and a Colt Army revolver.

Of course, as in all uniform questions, conditions in the field meant that not every unit carried the regulation equipmenmt, or even the same equipment within the regiment.

wrgmr103 Dec 2012 11:10 p.m. PST

Do the officers still wear the OD pelisse?

I'm pretty sure the pelisse was pink. Pinks and Greens.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2012 7:06 a.m. PST

I always thought of it as more of a rose than pink

vtsaogames04 Dec 2012 7:21 a.m. PST

Cords were chartreuse.

Fatman Inactive Member04 Dec 2012 8:40 a.m. PST

John you didn't use a smiley or LOL.

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member04 Dec 2012 11:52 a.m. PST

They were red…except in the airborne units. Those priest crews used pink.

spontoon05 Dec 2012 7:45 p.m. PST

Weren't the German Assault artillery pipings " carmine"? Does that show Germanic influence in U.S. uniforms?

number4 Inactive Member19 Dec 2012 6:08 p.m. PST

Same color as the bricoles. BTW "Tarleton" is pronounced "bar stirred" in the United States

Marshal Amherst Inactive Member19 Dec 2012 8:30 p.m. PST


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