UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT

Personal Equipment

The primary impression of the 101st is that of an Airborne trooper in WWII. However, we have an optional 327th Glider impression available for those who are working on assembling their airborne impression or for those who wish to portray another integral part of an Airborne Division, the Glider Infantry Regiment.

There exist three levels of uniform and equipment requirements, and a fourth optional level. The fourth level, while not required, will complete the impression satisfactorily, and is recommended for those who are exceptionally serious about their impression.

Levels One, Two, and Three must be verified by an Officer, the Quartermaster and one witness at the yearly Soldier School in order to qualify for completion of the Level.

All clothing and equipment must be kept serviceable. All shirts, jackets and coats are required to have Division insignia on left shoulder and rank insignia on both arms if applicable.


Level 1: D-Day Impression

Combat Clothing (Airborne)

Coat, Parachute Jumper, M1942*
Trousers, Parachute Jumper, M1942
Boots, Parachutist, Russet
Cap, Garrison ("Overseas Cap"), Khaki, Cotton or OD, Wool with infantry piping
Undershirt, OD OR T-shirt, White
Tags, Identification ("Dog Tags"), notched, with neck chain and extension
Belt, Web, Waist, M1937, khaki w/EM open buckle
Gloves, Horsehide, Riding, M1938 or M1942
Cricket
Brassard, Gas Detection

*M42 Jump Jacket should have 101st ABN patch on left shoulder, early style dog chain preferred, NO 48 star flag.

Combat Clothing (Glider)

Coat, Field, M1941
Trousers, Wool Serge, EM, M1937
Shirt, Wool Serge, EM
Shoes, Service, Reverse Upper
Leggings, M1938
Cap, Garrison ("Overseas Cap"), Cotton or OD, Wool with infantry piping
Undershirt, OD OR T-shirt, White
Tags, Identification ("Dog Tags"), notched, with neck chain and extension
Belt, Web, Waist, M1937, khaki w/EM open buckle
Brassard, Gas Detection

*M41 Jacket should have 101st ABN patch on left shoulder.

Field Equipment

Helmet, Steel, M1C or M2 w/liner (khaki webbing) and leather chin cup* (Airborne)
Helmet, Steel, M1 (Khaki webbing) (Glider)*
Netting, Helmet, 1/2" weave
Packet, First Aid, Parachutist
Bag, Canvas, Field, M1936 ("Musette Bag"), khaki (Airborne)
Haversack, M1928 (Glider)
Suspenders, Belt, M1936, khaki
Cover, Canteen, M1910, khaki
Canteen, M1910 or M1942 (aluminum or stainless steel)
Cup, Canteen, M1910 (aluminum or stainless steel)
Pouch, First Aid, M1910, M1924, or M1942, khaki
Cover, Entrenching Tool, M1943, khaki OR Cover, Entrenching Tool, M1910
Tool, Entrenching, M1943 OR Tool, Entrenching, M1910
Tent, Shelter, Button, w/ ropes & pins (both halves required)

*Helmet should have 502nd PIR ID (2" Heart on both sides, with "click" to right of heart) for Airborne and 327th GlR ID (2" club on both sides, with "click" to the --- of club) for Glider.

Weapons Related

Knife, Fighting, M3 w/ M8 or M6 Scabbard

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING (select based on weapon carried)

Belt, Cartridge, M1923, khaki
Belt, Automatic Rifle, M1937, khaki
Belt, Pistol, M1936, khaki with the following:
Bandoleer, Cotton, OD, M1 (for Garand)
Pouch(es), Magazine, Riggers Made (For Carbine or Garand) (ABN Only)
Pouch(es), Magazine, Thompson, 20-rd, or 30-rd Khaki
Weapon, Shoulder Fired. M1 Garand is Primary Rifle (See Approved Weapons List)
Bayonet if required (See Approved Weapons List)

Upon completing Level One, members are awarded the airborne cap badge or glider cap badge and are able to participate in the rank structure.

Level 2: Operation Market Garden to Berlin

Combat Clothing

Jacket, Field, M1943
Armband, 48 Star Flag, Pin-On Type
Trousers, Field, M1943 (rigger-modified)

Winter Clothing (Bulge & Later)

Cap, Wool Knit, M1941 ("jeep cap")
Sweater, Wool, High Neck (5 button), w/correct WWII-style buttons
Scarf, Neck, Wool, (may also be made from a wool blanket)
Gloves, Wool, OD, Leather Palm

Miscellaneous Field Gear

Can , Meat (mess kit), M1910, M1918, M1932 or M1942
Poncho, OD
Wire Cutters, M1936, w/case
Compass, Wrist OR Compass, Lensatic, Marching w/ case
Sheet, Cotton, White (2)
Blanket, Wool, OD, M1934
Roll, Sleeping, Blanket OR Bag, Sleeping (Arctic M-1942, Half Zip M-1944, Mountain M-1945)
Bag, Duffel, OR Bag, Barracks

Upon completion of Level Two, the member receives the Regimental Oval and automatically receives the rank of Private First Class in accordance with Article II.

Level 3: Class A Impression

Coat, Wool Serge, 4-Pocket (Preferred), OR Jacket, Field, M1944
Trousers, Wool Serge, EM, M1937
Shirt, LS, Wool, OD#3
Tie, khaki, cotton or mohair
Cap, Garrison ("Overseas Cap"), wool, OD, with infantry piping

Upon completion of Level Three, the member receives the Parachutist Badge (jump wings) or Glider Badge to be worn on the dress uniform only. Unless other rank is held, the member is also assigned the rank of Corporal in accordance with Article II.

Level 4 (not required, but will complete the impression)

Watch, Hack or Ordnance
Flashlight, TL 122 (-A), (-B), (-C)
Boots, Combat, M1943, 2-Buckle
Overcoat, Wool Melton, OD
Case, Jump, for Carbine, M1A1, khaki or OD (ABN Only)
Holster Assembly, Parachutist's Rifle "Griswold Bag" (ABN Only)
Holster, Hip, .45, M1916
Holster, Shoulder, .45, M3 OR Holster, Shoulder, .45, M7
Bag, General Purpose (GP or Ammo Bag)
Disc, Helmet, Luminous
Goggles, All Purpose, Polaroid
Case, Map/Dispatch, M1938, khaki
Binoculars, M3, w/case, M17
Knife, Pocket (switchblade), M2
Mask, Gas, Training, M2A1, w/"Kidney" bag
Mask, Gas, Assault, M5, w/case, rubberized
Rope, Parachutist's, (3/8" x 25', white cotton)
Panel, Drop Zone Marker, A1-140B, w/case
Footlocker, Plywood, OD
Pick-Mattock, w/case. OD or khaki
Web Gear, OD#7, including:
Cartridge or Pistol Belt (as described in Level 1)
Pouch, First Aid, M1942
Suspenders, Belt, M1943
Pack, Combat, M-1944 (Musette)
Cover, Canteen, M1942
Cover, Entrenching Tool, M1943
Case, Wire Cutters
Uniform, Parachute Jumper, "show quality" (ABN Only)
Vest, Life, B4
Parachute, T5, w/ reserve (ABN Only)

Again, Level Four Requirements are not mandatory. However, it is hoped that members will take into consideration that this equipment will create an accurate Airborne / Glider impression, and will strive to obtain as many items listed herein as possible.

Approved Weapons

Individual Served:

U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1, (Garand)
U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A4 w/ M73B1 Scope (Sniper)
U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1 OR M1A1
        WWII Configuration (No bayonet lug or Type 3 rear sight)
Rifle, Automatic, Browning, M1918, M1918A1 OR M1918A2 (BAR)
Sub-Machinegun, M1928, M1, OR M1A1 (Thompson)
Sub-Machinegun, M3 OR M3A1 (Grease-Gun)
Pistol, Automatic, Cal .45, M1911 or M1911A1
Pistol, Revolver, Cal .45, M1917
Pistol, Revolver, Cal .38, M10 (Victory Model)

*First Rifle to acquire and carry is the M1 Garand. This is the PRIMARY Weapon.

**Pistol does not count toward Level One Weapon Requirement.

***M1C and M1D Sniper rifles are not approved for use as they entered the ETO during Occupation, not before V-E Day.

Crew Served:

Machine Gun, Caliber .30, Light, Air Cooled, M1919A4 OR M1919A6
Launcher, Rocket, Anti-tank, M1, M1A1, M9, OR M9A1 (Bazooka)

**Recoiless Rifles are not approved for use as they entered the ETO in late March 1945 and first saw combat at the end of April 1945 with the 17th ABN.

Bayonets:

For U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 (Garand Only)

Bayonet, M1905, 16"
Bayonet, M1905E1, 10"
Bayonet, M1942, 16"
Bayonet, M1942E1, 10"
Bayonet, M1, 10"

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