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I am setting up a display on D-Day, and one of the displays is personal items a Paratrooper would have carried in their pockets or pack on "The Day of Days".

Can you help me by listing some items that you KNOW were carried?

 

Military Bible

Rosary beads

smokes

crackle lighter

 

and what else?

 

 

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Probably invasion money issued by the US government, a booklet of french terms, a cricket, extra rations, and that's what I can think of a the moment.

 

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Very interesting topic for sure. Maybe a map?

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Not a paratrooper but it's a start. He had a good list of basic items carried....

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/304632-us-on-the-lst-june-5th-1944/&do=findComment&comment=2447789

 

Hope this helps.

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I am currently in the process of reading Stephen Ambrose's The Victors and he explained that each paratrooper carried 3 days worth of field rations and 2-3 cartons of cigarettes. This was in addition to weapons and 160 rounds of ammo for a rifleman. Most paratroopers also carried a pistol even if they weren't officers for fear of being shot out of the sky or right when they landed before they could get their rifles ready.

 

Most probably also had some stationary and a pen/pencil, along with a wallet or money belt.

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I think youll find between the 2 main airborne units they had SOPs on what items were carried and where I.e dems in musette bag, cricket in top left pocket etc etc

 

Heres a link to the trigger time website with a list of items carried by a guy on DDAY about half way down the page.

 

https://www.101airborneww2.com/equipment.html

 

Youll also find lots of gear layouts in paratrooper books which may help you. From memory there is also a hand written list in a DDAY book, possibly one of the De Trez ones.

 

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Great topic!!!

 

I suspect, in addition to the items listed above, many troopers carried one or more possibly "prohibited" items (American GIs are American GIs), such as: memento from home, wife/girlfriend's picture; and/or "good luck charm."

 

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'A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon'

 

Always looking for Vietnam War US Special Forces/MACV-SOG jungle shirts/uniforms and OG107 Shirts/uniforms.

 

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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..

 

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good ideas guys!

I have a silk invasion map, a evasion compass, and I'm going to pick up a regular compass. Were they issued to paratroopers?

 

 

Whilst the issue prismatic compass was carried by paratroopers, mainly officers. A wrist compass would work also.

 

'A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon'

 

Always looking for Vietnam War US Special Forces/MACV-SOG jungle shirts/uniforms and OG107 Shirts/uniforms.

 

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more info

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'A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon'

 

Always looking for Vietnam War US Special Forces/MACV-SOG jungle shirts/uniforms and OG107 Shirts/uniforms.

 

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