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Photo: Early model jeep U.S. M1917A1 Helmet U.S. M1917A1 Helmet U.S. M1917A1 Helmet Canteen, Model 1910 with Cover First Aid Pouch, Model 1924 Cartridge Belt, Model 1923 Haversack, Model 1910 Bayonet, Model 1905 Machine Gun, Browning Model 1917A1

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This early model Jeep and its crew provided mobile defense for St. Johns, Newfoundland, in the summer of 1942.

The 3d Infantry (the Old Guard) was the one of the first units ordered outside the United States in anticipation of U.S. entry into World War II. Because the unit had continuously trained in cold weather operations at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, after World War I, it was ordered to St. Johns, Newfoundland, in January of 1941, fully eleven months before Pearl Harbor. The regiment spent four years and five months overseas, ending in November 1946.

Photo: 3d Infantry soldiers in field uniform with U.S. Springfield Rifles, Model 1903

3d Infantry soldiers in field uniform with U.S. Springfield Rifles, Model 1903

The three Old Guardsmen here are ready for duty in Texas, on the border with Mexico, sometime between 1917 and 1920. About 60,000 men, mostly National Guardsmen. garrisoned the border with Mexico before the end of World War I. A small number of regular troops, including the 3d Infantry, also served to protect the southern border of the United States from the threat implicit in the famous "Zimmerman Telegram."

U.S. Springfield Rifle, Model 

U.S. Springfield Rifle, Model 1903

The famous 1903 Springfield rifle was first issued to Old Guard soldiers in 1903 or early 1904. A single shot, bolt action magazine rifle that used the Mauser action had proved very successful in the hands of Spanish, Cuban, and Philippine troops 1898-1903. Many standardized variations of the 1903 rifle were produced through World War II, the last being designated 1903A4, and not all of the rifles were made at Springfield Armory. The U.S. Army Drill Team uses a modified version of the 1903 rifle. The M1 replaced it in late 1942 or early 1943.

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