Scout

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 :-

Each rifle squad had two scouts 

 

M1 Garand Rifle(*1) (see below)

M1 Garand Bayonet & or M3 Knife

4 HE Grenades

1 HE 60mm Mortar

M1936 Pistol Belt

3 - 4 small Rigger ammunition pouches

1x GP (General Purpose) Bags - each bag fits one 'spam can' .30 caliber ammo tin

M1936 Pistol Belt

M1936 Suspenders

Musette Bag

First Aid Pouch and Tin

M1910 or M1942 Canteen Cover / Bottle / Cup

Intrenching Tool

*1 Official recommendations suggested that scouts be equipped with an M1A1 Thompson SMG. So this is a viable option if anyone who either has a M1A1 Thompson or wants to carry one instead of the M1 Garand

A rare and informative booklet, produced in 1943 about the S2 section and its forthcomings! Writen by a lowely Private and yet somehow ended in the hands of a General Eisenhower! He ordered it be published and distributed to all units at once. However, this is the only copy I have ever seen and it lives on my shelf.

Although this is far from complete on this website I have just taken snippets, you'll get a good understanding of what this section on Scouting entails. The details on training seems extremely harsh, but reflects the importance of the role of scouts and that everyones lives depending on them performing at their very best.

One of the points that is stressed in this section on Scouting is that they have to know everything about the enemy, there was a large amount of training and manuals that cover the enemy tactics, uniforms, weapons and equipment. As well as the month manuals produced every month by the intelligence section. These would have been invaluable to keep the knowledge of scouts as up to date as possible.

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