The following is quoted from the book CURRAHEE by Donald R. Burgett, a trooper with the 506th, 101st Airborne Division.
page 68 ..." On June 3rd, they issued each of us an escape kit, consisting of a small compass, an unmarked map and seven dollars in French money. We were also issued a metal cricket apiece,...."
On page 74, Burgett explains in detail his equipment. "My persoanl equipment consisted of: one suit of O.D.'s worn under my jump suit-this was an order for everyone-helmet, boots, gloves, main chute, reserve suit, Mae West, rifle, ,454 automatic pistol, trench knife, jump knife, hunting knife, machete, one cartridge belt, two bandoliers, two cans of machine gun ammo totaling 676 rounds of .30 ammo, 66 rounds of .45 ammo, one hawkins mine"...."four blocks of TNT, one entrenching tool with two blasting caps taped to the outside of the steel part, three first aid kits, two morphine needles, one gas mask, a canteen of water, three days supply of K rations, two days supply of D rations (hard tropical chocolate bars), six fragmentation grenades, one gammon grenade, one orange smoke and one red smoke grenade, one orange panel, one blanket, one raincoat, one change of socks, and underwear, two catons of cigarettes and a few other odds and ends."
So you can see that there is a multitude of items that were stuffed in every pocket and pouch possibly carried by these troopers..