Demolitions

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 :-

A standard rifle platoon had nothing larger than the .30-06 rifle cartridge and rifle grenades, so all anti-tank and specialist demolition functions came down from the company HQ and were assigned where needed. A typical load out for a Demolition experts would be something like this -

M1 Garand or M1A1 Carbine // M1A1 Thompson(*1) or M3 Grease Gun(*2)

M3 Knife

2 - 3 HE Grenades

No.82 Gammon Grenade
 

1 - 3 small rigger pouches
(*1) 1 or 2 5 cell Thompson Magazine Pouches

2x GP (General Purpose) bags (or 1x Rigger made demo bags and 1x GP Bag)

M1936 Pistol Belt

M1936 Suspenders

Musette Bag

First Aid Pouch and Tin

M1910 or M1942 Canteen Cover / Bottle / Cup

Entrenching Tool

CS-35-A Pouch and Linesmans Tools

The occasional member of a demolition team carries the typical officers compass in pouch and some have a pair of M1938 Wirecutters and Pouch

This member of the demolitions section 502 is getting ready for the walk to the C47s. Note the primer cord coiled up and attached over one flap of his Thompson pouch. I have also seen it coiled around the M1 Steel Helmet . Seems a little crazy to me though, but then again, with all the TNT, grenades, dets these guys were carrying they were like a walking tinder-box! 

The four photos of the items of demolition equipment and kit come from the book by MDT, American Warriors, if you don't have a copy, get one! Essential for any 101st/82nd reenactor. 

The photo with the rubber gasmask shows the items that were kept in the guys Musette pack, the gas mask bag was then used for keeping the items a little more sensitive to water dry. Including the blasting caps, detonators, matches, lighter and the soap dish was used to store the det cord clips.

The photo with the blocks of yellow TNT shows the formation that it was packed inside the Rigger made demo bag. Included inside the bag was rolls of friction take, string, adhensive, trip wire, blasting fuse wire and additional tools.

The photo with GP bag shows 5 1lb blocks of TNT, 3 M3 demolition blocks, 1 M4 demolition block and 1lb block of nitrostarch explosive. The GP had many uses, this one has been modified also by the riggers and has a typical thick parachute style white strap replacing the one it original came with. The clips on those weren't exactly designed to absorb the opening shock of a parachute!

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