I am reenacting a medic in the 3rd Infantry Division, St Tropez (Southern France) and Vosges era [in case this would be of help to answer my question]. I would like to know, would Medical NCOs - specifically T/5s - carry a sidearm. In my case, a Colt M-1911. I read somewhere it was for "protection of patients and keeping control of their men". The second one is a little eerie and probably not true, but the second sounds reasonable. I need confimation, thanks.