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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm getting that your pics have been moved or deleted.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n73/Hatch_41/538884_10150733961626054_516331053_11157577_319205128_n.jpg

Try that link.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fixed it
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I took some photos with some of my gear on...gives you a idea of what you can do and what some of the stuff looks like




This is my main set up. This is a CYMA Thompson with repo WW2 strap.
M42 Uniform from - At The Front
M1 Helmet
Pistol Belt
5 cell 20 rd Thompson Pouch
Canteen
First Aid Pouch
Let Down Rope
Hawkins Mine (on left foot)
Jump Boots
Parachute strip as a scarf



The Goggles are WW2 dated Dust Goggles, used mostly my drivers but given to many



As you can see they look like crap when they are not on the helmet...I do not use them as my gaming goggles









This is the 506th AB jack that ATF sells. It comes with the extra pockets (Rigger Modified) one on each arm, and 2 on the back as seen here.






This is with all rigger pouches. I am on point for the patrol



Not so great but another look



Some RNR... WW2 era repo baseball glove. I am also having some German beer



With Jeep Cap



With out Jeep Cap



Better View of the pouches and lay out of gear
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impression fail, non-period watch! Razz
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG, that is so farb; nevermind the watch.

Air Corps pouches and a 5 cell Thompson pouch? 30 rd Magazines too.

Don't you know that those pouches are for those with Garands!

Ditch the 5 cell pouch and the 30 rd mags.

Orders for the 506 for Normandy were for fourteen 20 rd mags carried in pockets or in a M6 bag.

Get a M2 helmet.



Haha. Just kidding.

Very nice kit.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shiftsup wrote:
OMG, that is so farb; nevermind the watch.

Air Corps pouches and a 5 cell Thompson pouch? 30 rd Magazines too.

Don't you know that those pouches are for those with Garands!

Ditch the 5 cell pouch and the 30 rd mags.

Orders for the 506 for Normandy were for fourteen 20 rd mags carried in pockets or in a M6 bag.

Get a M2 helmet.



Haha. Just kidding.

Very nice kit.


Do you mean the on om my right....

Thats a Canadian Browning mag pouch

and I am waiting for my PAL and RPAL to get sent to me then I will get a grand Razz


where do you get the 20rd mags anyways
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I purchased my 20 rd M1A1 mags from ehobbyasia. Sadly they are 190? rd hi caps. And nobody needs 15 or those.

I am only kidding with the farb comment. Your impression is top shelf. Well done. I have pretty much the same kit as you do.

The pictures where you are enjoying a beer, on the webbing on the wire fence there are those rigger pouches with pointed flaps and dot fasteners. IIRC they were also known as Air Corps Pockets. Those pouches were intended for troopers carrying Garands and Carbines.

In regards to Normandy orders for the 506th troopers carrying Thompson SMGs, the order was to carry 300 rounds in 15 twenty round magazines. One mag in the gun and the other 14 were to be carried in the M42 jacket pockets or a M6 carrying bag. The M6 bag IIRC is a bazooka bag. There was a paratrooper model with leg ties and/or a hook to attach it to the parachute harness (I have never seen one).

There are plenty of photographs of 101st in Normandy around. I can't recall seeing one of those 5 cell pouches in any of them. The 30 rd mags hanging out of a 5 cell pouch is found more often in pictures of Rangers and FSSF.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont have a grand yet...or carbine...hopefully soon


In all your books do you have a list of what some troopers carried with them?
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Available on the web.

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



Interesting story on why those riding/jump gloves were optional equipment.

Mark Bando made WWii US Airborne in France his life's work. I like books so I buy them. I highly recommend any Mark Bando (e.g. 101st Airborne The Screaming Eagles at Normandy or 101st Airborne The Screaming Eagles in World War II) or Michel De Trez (e.g. Sainte Mere Eglise photographs of D Day) book in regards to WWII US Airborne.

Bill Rentz's Geronimo! is also a great reference book.

Not saying that the 506th PIR didn't use the 5 cell pouch or 30 rd mags at Normandy. But those equipment orders and the lack of photographs can make you think that they were pretty rare at the very least.

Much of the must have pouches for these mags type of thinking I believe comes from the idea of what a modern soldier is. M42's, especially those that are specific to the 506 aren't for decoration. They did serve a purpose.
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