Russian Count Nicolas Roumiantzoff serving as a Lt Colonel with the Free French Division, First Spahis Regiment, takes a meal in the field in France, 1 Aug 1944. Note French helmet and uniform but US equipment otherwise.

Caption   Russian Count Nicolas Roumiantzoff serving as a Lt Colonel with the Free French Division, First Spahis Regiment, takes a meal in the field in France, 1 Aug 1944. Note French helmet and uniform but US equipment otherwise. ww2dbase
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1. Bill says:
15 Nov 2016 07:51:25 PM

HOT CHOW IN THE FIELD: IN THE INFANTRY ANYTHING IS AN INPROVEMENT... Interesting photo let's take a look at the Counts uniform of the day. Looks like the Count has a French side cap and has been issued a GI Herring-Bone Twill fatigue uniform, M1936 webb belt and holster for his M1911 .45 Automatic w/extra magazine pouch and M43 GI boots w/leather ankle straps and the two-part GI mess kit. Check out the Counts bamboo walking cane and his helmet, it looks to me like a French motorcycle helmet w/comb in the front of the helmet, without the leather ear protectors, it could even be a Spanish or an Italian tanker helmet. This is only my guess, if anyone has more information post it hear... MIX AND MATCH: During WWII Free French Forces were supplied with US military equipment some troops were issued the GI M-1 helmet, while others wore the French Adrian helmet along with a mix of French & U.S. equipment I thank the editor/ww2db for his continued support.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Nov 2016 01:03:48 PM

USUAL ROUTINE STANDING UP EATING CHOW: AND GETTING HOT CHOW TOO, IN THE INFANTRY ANYTHING IS AN IMPROVEMENT. UNIFORM OF THE DAY: Let's see what the Count has been issued. Looks like the Count is wearing a French side cap, GI issue Herring-Bone olive drab M1943 coverall, M1936 webb belt w/ brown leather holster and M1911 .45 Cal. Automatic w/ extra ammo magazine pouch along with M1936 webbing suspenders, M1943 pattern boots w/leather ankle straps and his GI issue two-piece mess kit issued w/knife, fork and spoon. Check out the Counts bamboo walking stick, his weapon could be the Garand M-1 semi-auto rifle in 30.06. His head gear is not the French Adrian helmet, it looks like it could be a French motorcycle helmet, a Spanish or even an Italian tanker helmet, I'm only if anyone can identify post it here, but I'm guessing here. Vehicle is the GI Willies Jeep

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