Military Archive

Symbols of Honor: Insignia in the Military

The United States Military is full of symbols. Some insignia denotes a soldier’s rank, others represent their achievements, and others display their role within their respective branches. So much meaning is packed into simple forms of insignia either worn on …

In Plain Sight: The Evolution of Camouflage

Camouflage was first developed in the 19th century when firearms became increasingly prevalent as well as increasingly deadly in their accuracy and range on the battlefield. Plus warfare itself was changing with the introduction of guerilla tactics, which utilized ambush …

The Evolution of Military Boots

One of the most important aspects of a soldier’s uniform has to be their boots. You don’t walk on your hands right? The feet see the most daily action of any part of the body, and that’s definitely true for …

Why Dog Tags Are So Popular

More than just a cool fashion trend, dog tags are an important means of identification for military members. Before uniformly printed tags started showing up in the United States around the 1900’s, soldiers would print their own identification on paper or …

What is a Jungle Boot?

Ever wonder what a Jungle Boot is and how they came to be used? Before WW II, the United States armed forces fought in a number of battles in jungle terrain. Jungle conditions involve constant exposure to water, …

What are Mickey Mouse Boots?

When Mickey Mouse cold weather military boots were first produced soldiers were wearing their sleeping bags during the daytime to keep from freezing, Mickey Mouse boots were highly valued as a major improvement over the protection offered by GI Issue …