U.S. Army Technician 5th Grade (T/5)
29th Infantry Division
Omaha Beach - Normandy France
June 6th 1944
This soldier illustrates the equipment that was worn by a Technician 5th Grade (T/5) assigned to the 116th
Regimental Combat Team (RCT), Company A, 29th Infantry Division during the invasion of Normandy
France June 6th 1944.
The responsibility of the 116th RCT was to secure the smaller cliffs to the east of Pointe de la Percee.
A/116 landed on the Dog Sector of Omaha Beach at H+1 (H-Hour plus 1 Minute). The Dog Sector of Omaha
Beach comprised of the Dog Red (East), Dog White (Center) and Dog Green (West) sections. A/116 RCT
was responsible for all three sections.
The Gear:
M-1 Helmet
M-1 Helmet Liner, made by Westinghouse
M-1941 Jacket with 29th Infantry Division patch on left sleeve
M-1936 Pistol Belt, made by YALE 1940
M-1 Carbine Pouch, made by AVERY 1943
M-1 Carbine Pouch, made by HOFF 1943
M-1 Carbine Pouch, made by BOYT -43-
M-1936 "Musette" Bag, made by THE MANART TEXTILE CO. 1941 owner marked J-0542
M-1910 Dismounted Canteen Cover
M-1910 Canteen, made by VOLLRATH 1943
M-1942 First Aid Pouch, made by B.A.D. CO. 1943
BC-1000 Radio
M-7 Assault Gas Mask Carrier
USN Life Preserver, made by DURKEE-ATWOOD CO. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.
Front left and right, above photos.
Rear view, left photo.
Right sleeve of M-1941 Jacket, above photo.
The 29th Infantry Division Service Sleeve Insignia (SSI) is sewn to the top
of the sleeve with Technician 5th Grade (T/5) stripes sewn to the center
of both sleeves.
There were three technician grades, Technician 5th Grade (T/5),
Technician 4th Grade (T/4) - three stripes and Technician 3rd Grade (T/3)
- three stripes and one rocker below the T.
Although these ranks are similar to Corporal, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant
they were Technical Grades and were not titled as Non-Commissioned
Officers (NCOs).
BC-1000 Radio, above left and right photo.
The Signal Corps Radio 300 (SCR-300) or BC-1000 Radio system was the first walkie-talkie backpack radio system. The
BC-1000 allowed voice only communications for a range of 3 to 5 miles with the AN-131 Antenna (long) or 2.5 miles with the
AN-130 Antenna (short - shown above).
The system consisted of a transmitter and receiver, CS-128 Battery Case, BA-70 Battery, TS-15 Handset, ST-55-A Belt and
ST-54-A Harness.
M-1 Helmet liner, above photo.
This liner was made by Westinghouse. The suspension is made
from Triple Herringbone Twill (THBT) and is held to the liner with
green "A" washers.