WW1 40 men or 8 horses Box Car American Legion Color Patch "40 & 8"
This is a new old stock patch from my massive collection. it is in like new condition.
The title "40 & 8" comes from the box cars that were used to transport troops to the front in France. Each car had the emblem 40/8 stenciled on the sides, which meant that it could carry 40 men or 8 horses. These cars were known as forty-and-eights. They were seen by the troops as a miserable way to travel, and the new organization was thus called the 40 & 8 in an attempt to make some light of the common misery they had all shared.