Everything... in order of usefulness and importance...

A lot of this will be obvious, for example the most important things is the M42 jumpsuit, then shirt, boots, garrison cap... at that point you look like a trooper. After that comes the webbing and weapons. Then what? What is most useful, what will you buy and never use and has no real practical function. Hopefully the list below will help some what. The only modern item listed is a sleeping bag, as much as it seems like a good idea sleeping in wool blankets or period sleeping bags... trust me it's not worth it. You'll get no sleep and to what benefit? The public will have no idea you slept like that, you'll be cold, uncomfortable and miserable! Just hide that sleeping bag during the day under wool blankets or in a closed PUP tent. It is your only modern item that you should really bring as part of your kit. Even things like lighters and pens etc should all be period or period looking. There is no reason to have modern items in your pockets or on display.

part 1... the basics

M42 Uniform

101st patches

wool Shirt

jump boots

trouser belt & suspenders

garrison cap

part 2... webbing & important bits

M1 helmet

Helmet net

helmet net scrim

webbing for rifleman

musette pack

m1936 pistol belt

m1936 suspenders

Carlisle pouch and tin

M1910/42 canteen cover

canteen & cup

rigger pouches

GP bag

1st aid pouch (tie on)

m5 rubberized gas mask bag


part 3... finishing off the webbing

mess tin

kfs (knife, fork & spoon)

entrenching tool (t handle or m43)

m1 garand bayonet

undershirt/vest (od or white)

m7 rubberized gas mask

shoulder pads

Part 4... more interesting bits

m1 Garand

pup tent (complete)

modern sleeping bag (only modern thing)



wool jumper

gas brassard (it'll fall apart in seconds)

part 5... trinkets & decorations


en bloc clips (to fill riggers)

bandolier (full)

British army bandage (502 had 1 each)

jeep cap

scarf (woollen or cut blanket)

part 6... the list goes on and on

wash roll

       wash cloth

       soap dish - soap

       razor - mirror - shaving soap


       period toothpaste (appearance)

1940s lighter

leather gloves

drop rope (I always have some)

k rations (not moral boxes)

d bars



part 7... the list goes on and on

Id (pay book, driving license etc)

pocket litter, period money etc

gas mask bag contents

French language guide

period watch


part 8... another bit of pointless kit

rifle cleaning kit, contents below

oil bottle

rifle grease pot (tiny)

m31 brush

pull through and brush

rubberized cleaning kit pouch

combination tool

lubricating oil (can)

bore cleaner (can)

cleaning patches

part 9... above and beyond

Mae west

t5 parachute

griswold bag

leg bag



hexi fuel for cooking

matches / lighter fuel

food / snacks

blank ammunition