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Grenade Carriers in use - from US Army Combat Cameraman film

Taken on 23 Sept 1944 at Mosel River crossing

Remiremont, 14 miles south of Epinal.

 

This is a 7th Army Infantry Battalion approaching & crossing the Mosel River on September 23rd, 1944. The battalion has no patches or distinguishing marks, which is not unusual for a unit on the attack, especially a river crossing.

 

By checking the usual resources (Riviera to the Rhine, OB's, AAR's, etc) you can probably pin down the Division/Regt/Battalion.

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Perfect topic Gents thumbsup.gif Thanks a lot all participants.

 

My two cents in the form of my mint specimen by the JQMD in 1944.

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And now "In Action" photograph. This is the Baleta Pass, Luzon, and troops of the 25th ID, March 23rd, 1945.

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Great post and pictures. I have a three pouch double snap grenade pouch like those shown and it is dated 1967.


SteveK

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Here are some pics from http://www.dogfacesoldiers.org/

I recently spoke with 3rd I.D. WWII vet John Shirley and he also mentioned having used a

3 pocket grenade pouch.

 

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The 7th Regiment's First Battalion marches through Faucogney on Sept. 22. The Third Division was about to encounter its fiercest fighting since the landings as it moved north through wooded-terrain during Sept. 20-26. A fanatical, and sometimes bizarre, resistance from the German defenders was reaching a fevered pitch.

 

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Strasbourg, France : November - December 1944

Watch on the Rhine

 

Now, this one is a little tough to see, but I believe that the soldier on the upper right has one attached to his right leg. Someone more computer savy than myself may be able to blow up the pic to make sure.

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Third Division soldiers rest in Faucogney from their advance north to the Moselle River and Remiremont. VI Corps was now in position to advance the Seventh Army across the Moselle River.


"The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke


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Yeah, he has a Grenade pouch.

 

To zoom in on photos click on "tools" at the top right of your screen, then click on Zoom, then salect the % of "zoomness" (is that a word?) you want.


RIP Private Lester H. Scheaffer, 1913 - 1944. 29th Infantry Division, 175th Infantry Regiment, Company F. Killed In Action September 12th, 1944 in France

 

RIP Sergeant Elwood F. Schaeffer, 1919 - 2001. 21st Engineer Regiment (Aviation) and 824th Engineer Aviation Battalion, attached to the Army Air Force in Iceland

 

 

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Hard to say for sure on the one you posted but usually the 2 cell pouches are USMC. We have a thread on them here too. Your pouch looks more like the Army 3 cell pouch with one cell cut off. Can you post better pics, both front and back?


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Hmmm, shape here looks very rounded. Just a suggestion, but could it be either smoke grenades (M15 or M18) or Offensive Grenades (Mk III A1). Just doesn't look like the Mk II Frag grenade is being carried in there to me.

 

Cheers,

 

Jon


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Great thread this thanks fellas...so are we now saying that t wasa multi use pouch for both offensive (frag) and defensive (smoke) grenades ?

 

and what era do they first be seen in photos in WW2........?

 

Regards

 

Lloyd


What do you need another one of those for.....you have 6 of them already ?.........

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my girlfriend to me on a regular basis as another piece of US WW2 "Green stuff" aka militaria arrives in the post..:-)

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Great thread this thanks fellas...so are we now saying that t wasa multi use pouch for both offensive (frag) and defensive (smoke) grenades ?

 

and what era do they first be seen in photos in WW2........?

 

Regards

 

Lloyd

 

Well, that's my opinion Lloyd. As we said at the weekend, it's possible we'll never have a definite answer. As for first use, I've no idea. I'm waiting for someone to post a picture of them in use really early on in the war!

 

Jon


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Except an Apache helicopter, an Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive compliment of weaponry. An absolute death machine."

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Here ya go Johan. ;)

 

I screen capped this last night but it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. You can see the Rifleman at the far right wearing one of the three cell pouches with single LTD.

 

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"The Color of War" DVD.

 

The hill looks like more Vosges or light mountain SE french side rather than the flat normandy

 

From what i can remember from this footage, i have it and a few second after or before we can see a m-41 jacket patched with the 36th div (the guy is beeing welcome and kiss on the cheeks by French people)


- Lester H Scheaffer (Fleetwood - PA) - 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division - KIA September 12th 1944 attacking the Brest Naval range butt

I’m proudly in charge of his grave at St James cemetery. RIP

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- Jay E Hansford (Baxter Springs - KS ) - 146th Engineer Combat Battalion SETF - KIA June 6th 1944 landing on Dog White Omaha Beach

I’m proudly in charge of his grave at Colleville sur mer cemetery. RIP

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- See their story, and other ones here : http://mylifeinthewar.over-blog.com/

 

-- Interested in pictures (and others items) concerning the French Navy ships that went under repair in US Navy yards in 1943. In Boston (Le Terrible, le Fantasque, le Malin), in NYC (Richelieu) and in Philadelphia (Le Georges Leygues, Le Gloire, Le Montcalm)

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In the divisional history of the 1st Cavalry Division is a picture of a guy wearing one of these three pocket carriers in Korea.

 

Chris Fischer

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Gentlemen:

 

This is a great old thread. I was reminded of it today when I saw the photo below, posted elsewhere on the Forum by History Man, showing a 187th AB RCT soldier in the Korean War. He is seen wearing one of the much debated 3 cell single snap pouches. I suspect he has it loaded with grenades.

 

Regards,

Charlie Flick

 

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