|U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant
2nd Ranger Battalion
Omaha Beach - Normandy France
June 6th 1944
|This officer illustrates the equipment that was worn by an officer 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.
|M-1 Helmet and Camouflage Net with Officer markings on front and rear
M-1 Helmet Liner, made by Westinghouse
M-1941 Jacket with "Rangers" Diamond Patch on left sleeve
M-1936 Pistol Belt, made by A.M.Co.1943
M-1910 Dismounted Canteen Cover, made by J.A. Shoe 1943
M-1910 Canteen, made by S.M.CO 1944
M-1910 Canteen Cup, made by FOLEY MFG. CO. 1944
M-1910 First Aid Pouch, made by J.Q.M.D. 1942 and owner marked S1216
M-1916 Pistol Holster, made by MILWAUKE SADDLERY CO. 1943
M-1923 Pistol Magazine Pouch, made by B.B. INC. 1942
Submachine-gun Magazine Pouch, five pocket
M-1936 Field "Mussett" Bag, made by HAMLIN CANVAS GOODS CO. 1942 and owner marked G-8490
M-1938 Dispatch Case, made by HOFF -42-
M-7 Assault Gas Mask Carrier
M-17 Binocular Case
BC-611-F Radio, made by ELECTRICAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES INC.
USN Life Preserver, made by EAGLE RUBBER CO. INC. ASHLAND OHIO
Service Boots, soles made by BF Goodrich
M-1938 Leggings, made by MEYERS & SON MFG CO. 2-25-42
M-1 Thompson Submachine-gun, made by - UNKNOWN - original receiver replaced
|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" painted over a
white vertical stripe, which was the designation for officers.
Inside view of M-1 Helmet Liner, right 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.
|Service Boots with M-1938 Leggings, left photo. The M-1938 Leggings shown here were made by Meyers & Son MFG. Co.
Service Boots, right photo. The Service Boots were all leather with ten eyelets and featured a full capped toe. The rubber
soles were made by BF Goodrich. These boots are a size 8EE.
|BC-611-F "Handie-Talkie" Radio, left photo.
M-1 Thompson Submachine-gun, above photo.
This M-1 Thompson Submachine-gun has a replica all aluminum BATFE approved dummy
receiver from IMA-USA.