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UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE U.S. ARMY & MARINE CORPS DURING WW2
This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to an American Soldier of the United States Army and the U.S. Marine Corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in U.S. militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.
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M1 Garand Rifle .30-06 Calibre
This rifle is commonly referred to, simply as the 'Garand' and is one of the most recognizable weapons in the U.S. arsenel. It was the first ever self loading rifle to be adopted by any army as the standard Infantry weapon. Robust in construction, it was simple to use and very reliable - therefore making it popular amongst the troops who used it. It was loaded by way of an 8 round clip, which was fed through the top of the breach (clip and all). Perhaps it was this small magazine capacity that was it's only drawback. The clip would eject with a metallic "ping" upon the discharge of the last shot and a fresh clip quickly re-loaded; ensuring a quick rate of fire.
M1923 Ammunition Belt
U.S. M1923 Ammunition Belt. This item of load carrying equipment had 10 pouches (compartments) which carried one clip of 8 rounds in each pouch; for the M1 Garand rifle. This gave the soldier the capacity to carry 80 rounds of 30.06 calibre ammunition. Earlier versions had a seperate retaining strap inside each pouch. As the M1903 Springfield and P14 rifle were still in limited use, each pouch could carry two x 5 round clips. The retaining strap that was central to each individual pouch, would secure the second clip; if the pouch was opened and the first clip removed for loading into the weapon. Method of fastening around the waist was by way of a simple 'hook & loop'. Each pouch was secured by way of patented 'press' clips onto a metal post; referred to as "lift the dot" fasteners.
Browning M2 .50 Calibre Heavy Machinegun
This design of this heavy machinegun has remarkably stood the test time; having first being adopted by the United States Armed Forces from 1938 through to the present. Used extensively during World War Two, the Browning .50 calibre machinegun has seen use in every other major conflict, since it's inception.
Wish to learn more about the Browning M2 .50 Calibre Machinegun? Please refer to Gary's U.S. Infantry Weapons Reference Guide by Clicking Here