Allen USA, 4 - 1918. The tunic is a WWI era example, made from olive drab gabardine, with darkened metal front and pocket buttons, and has a dark brown lining.
Insignia are present on the collar, a green and red fourragére (French Croix de Guerre) is present on the left epaulette, a single bullion embroidered War Service Chevron on the left cuff, and a tattered three ribbon bar is present on the left breast pocket: Great War Victory Medal (with two stars), Mexican Service Medal, and French Croix de Guerre with single star. The tunic is in excellent shape with very little evident wear, and only some negligible staining of the cloth. The breeches are inter-war era Pink elastique with white cotton lining, and Allen's name written in ink on the interior of the right pocket.
The breeches are in excellent condition with very little wear, although there are some frayed spots here and there, and has nearly new suede patches at the ankles. Not long after his arrival, he managed to con his way into receiving Infantry certification (by gate-crashing the graduation ceremony without having taken the actual course) and was reassigned to 3rd Battalion, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, AEF. Mihiel, and Aincreville, and was part of the Army of Occupation following the Armistice. In 1940, he was promoted directly from Lt. Colonel to Brigadier General and given command of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, then 2nd Cavalry Division, then ADC of 36th Infantry Division.
Following the Pearl Harbor attack, Allen was promoted to Major General and given command of the 1st Infantry Division The Big Red One. He commanded the division through North Africa and Sicily, but was recalled to the US in late 1943.He was then given command of the 104th Infantry Division Timberwolves, who fought with distinction through Holland, Belgium, and on into Germany itself. Allen retired in 1946, and passed away in 1969 at the age of 81. This is a great opportunity to acquire some uniform items that belonged to a General that Ernie Pyle called, one of my favorite people. TIME Magazine August 9, 1943. Last June 23, when the invasion of Sicily was 17 days away, Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen wrote a letter from North Africa to an Army friend at home. Of himself, General Allen wrote nothing. They fought through the gloomy, defensive days in the Ousseltia Valley, led the American counterattack in the Kasserine Pass, started the American offensive with the seizure of Gafsa, fought through 21 days at the grueling battle of El Guettar, and closed in for the'kill' at the final drive on Tunis. Particularly in their last drive, they managed to knock the hell out of the best units the Germans put against them. But enough of bragging about our fine division. My best regards to you, Old Top... We are busy as hell again. The item "WWI UNIFORM DATED 1918 OF GENERAL TERRY DE LA MESA ALLEN SERVED W PATTON WWII" is in sale since Saturday, October 27, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\United States\Uniforms". The seller is "rachelemandelgallery" and is located in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
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