U.S. Army Corporal
2nd Ranger Battalion
Omaha Beach - Normandy France
June 6th 1944
This Soldier illustrates the equipment that was worn by a rifleman assigned to Force B, Company C, 2nd
Ranger Battalion during the invasion of Normandy France June 6th 1944.
The responsibility of Force B was to secure the smaller cliffs to the west of Pointe de la Percee. C/2 Rangers
landed on the Charlie Sector of Omaha Beach at H+1 (H-Hour plus 1 Minute). After they eliminated the
German strong points and gun positions from the right flank of Omaha Beach they were instructed to link up
with Force A: D, E and F Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe du Hoc.
The Gear:
M-1 Helmet and Camouflage Net
M-1 Helmet Liner, made by Westinghouse
M-1941 Jacket with "Rangers" Diamond Patch on left sleeve
M-1937 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) Magazine Belt, made by BOYT -42-
M-1910 Haversack, made by PENNING CAMPBELL 3-18
M-1910 Dismounted Canteen Cover, made by J.A. Shoe 1942
M-1910 Canteen, made by P.P. INC. 1943
M-1910 Canteen Cup, made by FOLEY MFG. CO. 1943
M-1942 First Aid Pouch, made by J.S.&S.CO. 1943
M-1916 Pistol Holster, owner marked J. HARRIS 3rd BN HQ
M-1910 Entrenching Tool Cover, made by W.L. DUMAS MFG. CO. 1943
M-1910 Entrenching Tool
M-7 Assault Gas Mask Carrier
USN Life Preserver, made by EAGLE RUBBER CO. INC. ASHLAND OHIO
Service Boots, soles made by NEW JERSEY RUBBER CO.
M-1938 Leggings, made by MEYERS & SON MFG CO. 2-25-42
TL-122C Flashlight
MK-II Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Front left and right, above photos.
Rear view, left photo.
Close-up view of "Rangers" patch, above photo.
This patch was specifically designed for the Invasion of Normandy to
replace the earlier Ranger Battalion "Scroll" patch.
Rear view of M-1 Helmet, left photo.
This helmet has been painted with the 2nd Ranger Battalion "Diamond".
Inside view of M-1 Helmet Liner, right photo. This liner was made by Westinghouse. The suspension is made from Single
Herringbone Twill (SHBT) and is held to the liner with green "A" washers.
Service Boots with M-1938 Leggings, left photo.
The M-1938 Leggings shown here were made by Meyers & Son MFG. Co. 2-25-42.
Service Boots, right photo.
The Service Boots were all leather with eleven eyelets and featured a full capped toe. The rubber soles were made by NEW
JERSEY RUBBER CO.
These boots are a size 10 1/2 EE. These boots are marked by the owner H-1061 HIGGINS J M.
M-1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle or BAR, above photo.
The M-1918 BAR was introduced at the end of World War One and was a favored squad level automatic rifle during World War
Two. In 1940 the weapon was re-designated M-1918A2 by the removal of the semi-automatic firing capability and the using of a
rate-reducing buffer mechanism, activated by engaging the "F" position on the selector toggle. In 1942, a bakelite buttstock
replaced the earlier wood version. The detachable bipod and barrel-mounted carry handle shown on this BAR were introduced
in late 1944 and would not have seen service in Normandy on June 6th.
The M-1918 shown above has a non-firing solid aluminum BATFE compliant receiver.