Ignore people who tell you "use the search function" or "do your own research", real veterans TEACH new soldiers, have since the first organized army existed, did during the Civil War and still do today. The real trolls are the ones who won't help.
Originally Posted by PVT Kitchen
As to your questions:
1) The belt is worn at to just ABOVE (unless you are exceptionally long in the torso) not below your belly button. Remember the southern soldiers were taught by West Pointers just like the northern boys were. The idea is not to accommodate your stomach (which they didn't have like we do) but to put you cap pouch and scabbard in a certain place to make loading and fixing the bayonet easier. The top of the haversack and the canteen spout should be about level with the top of your belt. This isn't an exact science so anywhere in the neighborhood will do.
2) Blousing of socks occurred (mostly) for two reasons, to keep critters out or to keep the socks up due to their loss of staying power as they got worn. I'm sure someone somewhere wore it as a fashion statement. Basically if you are the only one in your unit doing it, who cares, if everybody in your unit is doing it, your all wrong. Everything in moderation.
3) Unless you are carrying excess 'tinware' like a frying pan/coffee pot then your plate and cup should be able to fit in your haversack when properly packed. If you use a canteen half that can go over the canteen spout but get some twine and tie it down so it doesn't flap around. If you're carrying a coffee pot, well that has to hang off of something, but remember if you hang it off the bottom of the knapsack, you're going to get a fanny beating and the guy behind you isn't going to be your friend anymore. Try hanging it from the greatcoat strap or with a string off the side. The frying pan can go between the pouches. But as a suggestion, don't carry either. Coffee can be boiled in a cup and things can be fried in a plate or canteen half. Less is more.
Finally, it is considered polite manners around these parts to sign your name to your posts.
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