Army's Nike Jerseys For Navy Game Honoring 10th Mountain Division's WWII History
Army will wear special Nike uniforms "honoring the 10th Mountain Division's World War II history" during their game against Navy on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, according to Gordon Block of the WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES. The all-white jerseys "include the division crest and references to their origins in Pando and Camp Hale, Colorado, where soldiers used a panda bear as a mascot." The jersey font is "modeled after the stencil used for bumper numbers on the division's M29C vehicles," while three different Mountain Infantry Regiments and a Mountain Engineer Battalion "will be honored with crests worn on the front of the jersey." The back of the helmet "features a vertical bar, referred to as 'follow me bars.'" Army's jersey reveal comes after Navy last week unveiled Under Armour uniforms "dedicated to the Blue Angels flying team" (WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES, 12/5). The ARMY TIMES' Kevin Lilley noted the uniforms include a "'whitewashed' helmet with flakes of olive drab, simulating the effects of wear on the makeshift white paint jobs performed" by the WWII soldiers. There also are "flag patches on the shoulders bearing 48 stars" that are "period authentic to the Army's first mountain-warfare unit, which was stood up the day after Pearl Harbor" (ARMYTIMES.com, 12/4).