|These two unidentified United States Army privates were photographed in Havana, Cuba probably during the very first
years of the 1900s. Both wear what look to be the pattern of tropical service field coat that was introduced in August
1899. The soldier above, his rifle with its bayonet fixed in place is probably the Springfield Armory 1896 30/40
Krag-Jorgensen rifle. His cartridges are held in a single bank web belt that looks to be of the type manufactured under
Army contract by the Spalding Sporting Goods Company. As protection from the Cuban sun both men wear a U.S. issue
tropical service helmets of uncertain model.
(mount on lower image heavily trimmed)
Head Bros. - Photographer