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Archival Anecdotes: Better keep those feet dry!


May 31, 2021

It was imperative for WWI soldiers to keep their feet dry. The 1918 Pershing Boot was treated with the most advanced waterproofing technology of the time- a mixture of two parts beef tallow to one part Neatsfoot oil.

The boots featured this week are the only set of army boots in the Eddy County Museum's collection, and are among a limited number of artifacts from World War I.

With a little research, I learned they are Pershing Boots, a specialized trench boot that infantry soldiers affectionately called "Little Tanks." These boots were a major upgrade over the 1917 trench boots, which were reportedly cold...

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