Assistant Squad Leader

This sections covers the combat equipment and weapons for this role. It doesn't mention things like uniform as every trooper had the same basic uniform. So if portraying the above position you should have the following items :-

Although there was only supposed to be 6 SMGs per company, paratroopers were known to be resorceful and seem to almost be in a possition to do as they pleased. So you'll see a lot more than 6 SMGs in a company! In fact, if you look at the Pathfinder pics, you can see that many in one stick. So Assistant Squad leaders could take two routes... keep the M1 Garand or 'acquire' a M1A1 Thompson. The basics of both are the same. The only difference in kit are mention at the very bottom. The assistant squad leader performs duties assigned by the squad leader and takes command of the squad in his absence. (See FM 7-10, par. 134b.) He is armed with the M1903 rifle and antitank grenade launcher: he employs high-explosive antitank rifle grenades to combat any hostile armored vehicles that come within range-- approximately 75 yards. (For characteristics of antitank grenades and sighting and aiming, see FM 23-30 and changes thereto.)

M1 Garand or M1A1 Thompson SMG

M3 Knife

4 HE Grenades

1x GP (General Purpose) Bag 

M1936 Pistol Belt

M1936 Suspenders

Musette Bag

First Aid Pouch and Tin

M1910 or M1942 Canteen Cover / Bottle / Cup

Intrenching Tool

M1 Garand - 3 or 4 small rigger pouches

M1A1 SMG - 2x 5 cell 20 round Magazine Pouch

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