Hello everyone and welcome to this new uniform presentation video. Today, I’m going to show you the uniform worn by a radio operator of the 506th Regiment in the 101st Airborne. First of all, I have to warn you of some things. This video is just a base for you to constitute your uniform. This is by no means an excuse that will save you the purchase of books, specialized magazines or even research on the Internet. You will find some elements that I already presented in a first video, you will find it in the description. This will be a first base to discover this video, but don’t worry, you don’t need to watch the first to see this one now. Since we are going on specialization after showing you the basics. I will only present what I wear on me, to avoid you a two hours video, and you’ll find all the elements which compose this outfit in the description, with the corresponding timing. HISTORY After having told you about the 101st Airborne, I’m going to show you the history of the 506th Paratrooper Infantry Regiment, which I represent here. The 506th was created at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, in 1942. It’s led with an iron fist by Colonel Robert Sink. The exercise that gave birth to his motto was the ascent of Mount Currahee which dominates the camp. After reading an article about a Japanese battalion’s world record, Colonel Sink forced his regiment to break that record, and launched a 220-kilometer march from Toccoa to Atlanta. The regiment is then moved to Fort Benning to take the paratrooper training and give the soldiers the opportunity to win their wings. They passe then by Camp Mackall to participate in combat maneuvers. In June 1943, the regiment joined the 101st Airborne Division for preparing the invasion of Europe. The regiment is composed of three battalions each comprising three companies. Able, Baker and Charlie for the 1st Battalion; Dog, Easy and Fox for the 2nd; Georges, How and Ike for the third battalion. Operation Albany took place during the night of June 5-6, 1944, during Operation Overlord, and the goal of the 101st was to set the field for troops to land on the beaches of Utah Beach. The dropzone planned for the 506th was located between Hiesville and Ste-Marie-du-Mont, but Flak’s shots disperse the C47s, so the paratroopers were scattered around the area. After a difficult meeting, the first objective was to take the bridges of the Douve, secure access to the beach and especially prevent German reinforcements. The manor of Brécourt was then a goal given to the Easy Company of Lieutenant Winters because the naval artillery couldn’t locate guns that were pounding the landing beaches. The next objective will be the capture of Carentan from 10 to 15 June 1944. They face, on this occasion, the 6th regiment of Fallschirmjäger, commanded by Von Der Heydte. The 506th Regiment was sent back to England for rest and reorganization, as on the 2,000 parachuted men, 231 were killed, 183 went missing or were captured, and 569 were wounded. Basically, if you were in the 506, you had a 1 in 4 chance of being injured, and a 1 in 5 chance of being killed or captured. The operation Market Garden, under British command, was to bypass the line Siegfried through Holland. On September 17, 1944, the 506th regiment is parachuted, during the day; and its objective was Eindhoven, released by the local resistance. The regiment will fight also in Nuenen then in Nijmegen where it will find the 82nd airborne. The regiment will escort the 30th British Corps, and in the night of October 22nd to 23rd, 1944, a hundred British soldiers were saved by the 506th, while they were stuck in the Arnhem sector. Operation Market Garden, however, was a failure, and the 506 was sent to Mourmelon to rest after a full month of operation. On December 16, the counter-offensive of the Bulges was launched, triggering the remobilization of the 101st airborne, which was sent on December 18 to Bastogne. The precipitation of the mobilization prevented the troops from touching real winter equipment and ammunition, and had to repel the German assaults that wanted to take the city, strategic point of the region. The 1st battalion, positioned between Noville and Foy, manages to destroy 30 enemy tanks, but lost 200 of its men. It’s the 2nd and 3rd battalions that will take over and will undergo the German artillery. It’s the 3rd army of Patton which will allow, in January 1945, to break the encirclement of Bastogne. The 506th will then go on the offensive, which took Noville and Foy. Then the regiment was transferred to Haguenau. From early April, the 506th helps to reduce the pocket of the Ruhr, then goes to Bavaria. The regiment is in Lansdberg am Lech when the 12th DB discovers a camp annexed to that of Dachau. General Taylor commanding the 101st orders the local population to help clear the camp. They then make their way to Berchtesgaden, where they stay until 8 May 1945, the date of the German surrender. The 101st then makes its way to Zell am See as part of the occupation of Austria, to resume training for a future departure for the Pacific. But on August 14, 1945, the surrender of Japan marks the end of the World War II, and the regiment returns to France where it will be dissolved in Auxerre in November 1945. The 506 will have training activities between 1948 and 1954, it will be non-combatant, although keeping the name of “paratrooper”. It’s known that the only corps commander of the 506th Regiment, Col Sink, had refused 2 promotions to stay with his men, who dubbed the Five Oh Sink Regiment. UNIFORM The outfit you are about to see is a variation of the one already presented previously. But since each of my videos is independent, you don’t have to go view it to understand this video. However, the curiosity could push you to discover another configuration, so you will find the link of this video in the description. Standard trousers worn by all paratroopers of the 101st during the Normandy campaign, the reinforced M42 pants were renowned for being fragile. Reproduction is as much, expect to do the sewing, especially the crotch. Two pockets are located on the thighs, plated by a link. The 101st Airborne will have a link with the same color as the pants, unlike the 82nd, which will have a link with the same color as the reinforcements. Suspenders will keep the pants on, and a belt can also be worn. The pants will be passed over the shoes. The Corcoran jump boots were designed for the elite troops of the US Army, they were used without exception by all paratroopers during the Normandy campaign. They were replaced by the Buckle Boots from the summer of 1944, but many paratroopers decided to keep their jump boots. They have 11 to 13 eyelets, are made of smooth leather with a rubber sole, and may have different laces, and some paras will use the parachute hanger. Be careful to fix your laces against the boot to avoid hanging in the branches, the ideal is to go around the calf with your laces before tying, contrary to what has been done here. The khaki M37 shirt, also known as the “mustard shirt”, is made of cotton and wool. That’s why she can scratch, although you get used to it quickly. It has two breasts pockets to take identity papers, money or just your wallet. The cut of mustard shirts doesn’t match those of our current shirts; so be careful of the length, which will be more important than the shirts from now. So take your size according to the bust, the neck lenght and the length of the arms. This will prevent you from being unpleasantly surprised at the reception. Above, we will add two dog tags to clarify the name, the number of the soldier, and his blood type. The M42 jacket completes the pants previously presented. It’s made of beige canvas with khakis reinforcements on the elbows and under the lower pockets. Feel free to fill your pockets to prevent them from looking too flat, even for airsoft. The scarf will be a piece of parachute cut, customization that some par US were able to do after landing in Normandy. A wrist compass will be placed on the pocket, so as to be accessible quickly, and we will notice on the sleeves of our soldier that he is technician 4th grade, or T4. The badge of the 101st airborne will be found on the left arm at 1.27cm from the seam. It was in 1941 that the M1 helmet made its appearance, to replace the model 17-A1 helmet, resembling the British helmet. Composed of a single-size manganese steel bomb and a helmet or liner, which was fixed then adjustable, made of cardboard then resin. It was in 1942 that the M2 helmet was developed especially for paratroopers. It has additional snaps to secure the liner to the steel helmet, and a leather chin strap, installed at the end of “A-Jokes”, allowed to maintain the helmet during the jump, and thus avoid losing it. However, this chintrap was very quickly slipped into the helmet, or cut, once the floor was touched. A camouflage net embellished with burlap was installed, with a fluorescent disc at the back of the helmet, a priori little worn in the 506th, the 502nd would have had, in addition to the famous cricket. A horizontal band is painted on the helmet of our Technician to signify his rank of non-commissioned officer. EQUIPMENT Even though our sergeant is a radio operator, he must be autonomous on the ground in the event that he finds himself isolated from his supply lines. Thus, it carries the same elements as a classical soldier. His radio equipment will be placed over it. A General Purpose bag may be added to carry personal belongings, but it has been left out here. An M36 belt supports all equipment around the soldier. On the left side, an M1923 magazine pouch from Colt 1911 is attached with a snap on the belt. A magazine pouch of USM1 is then placed on the belt, containing 2 magazines of 15 cartridges each for the Carbine. On the left rear flank, we find a gourd, consisting of a canteen and a cup model 1942, all slipped into a reinforced cover M1941, specially designed for cavalry and reused by number of paras. The TE-33 (for Tool Equipment) consists of a CS-34 leather case, which includes a TL-13 clamp and a TL-29 knife, which could be used by engineers, but also by radio operators, who may have to repair cables in the field. A new USM1 magazine pouch is located at the back of the liner. Not the most convenient place, but there is no place elsewhere. The M36 suspenders helps support all equipment, and felt bands are added to the shoulders to prevent pain. A folding shovel M1943 is slipped into a case on the right of the belt. It’s slipped into a first type case. A last magazine pouch for USM1 is placed in front, with only one magazine, the other being engaged in the carbine. An M1916 Holster is present on the right side, in which is slipped a Colt 1911 A1… …here from the brand KWC 100th Anniversary 2017 Edition, you will find the link in the description of this video. The Colt 1911 A1 was the regulatory pistol of the US Army, and the paratroopers could have it in staffing. In a pouch M1924 is contained an iron First Aid Kit. It contains bandages and sulfonamide and is arranged at the front for quick access in case of injury. On the M36 we find another First Aid Kit, but this time in a pocket specially made for US paratroopers. 2 MKII A1 grenades are hung on the left-hand side, our man being right-handed, in order to serve quickly. Our operator is equipped with a SCR-300 radio, which is a 41-channel transceiver manufactured by Motorola. Its range is 4 to 8 km depending on the antenna used. The SCR-300 is the name used to designate the entire radio. Thus the BC-1000A is fixed on a box CS-128 containing a battery BA-70 or BA-80. A BG-150 accessory bag will be placed on the side, which currently contains the AN-131-A antenna and the instruction manual. Our operator wears the HS-30 headphones, consisting of a metal hoop and two rubber earphones. The radio will be carried by an ST-55-A belt, on which an ST-54-A harness will be hung. Be careful, the belt is here at the maximum length, there is a limit waist circumference… An M-391-A pad will be placed in the back for the comfort of the operator. An ST-50-A strap will be placed on top of the BC1000 to keep the hood closed. The TS-15 handset will allow the chief of section to communicate with his officers, he is here slipped on the front of the jacket, available. The currently mounted antenna is the AN-130-A, with a range of up to 4 km Initially made for the cavalry, these tan leather gloves were used massively by the paratroopers during the Normandy campaign, in order to protect their hands during the parachuting, but also to easily evolve in the thickets normans, not to mention the fact to have the hands warm during the night. On the calf of our paratrooper, we can find an accessory, hooked by means of a quick strap. A USM3 knife is slid into a USM6 scabbard, recognizable by its leather manufacture, unlike the USM8 scabbard, which I already presented to you, which was made of thermoformed plastic. Carbine adopted in May 1942 at the request of the airborne troops, it’s the Inland Division of General Motors which is selected to manufacture these carbines, while supplying equipment to the equipment service for future carbines repairs or conversions. It was carried in a special case during the jump, case that was left aside a little after touching the ground. This is a replica Denix, you will find the link of the review in the description of this video. As you will guess, the weight worn by this sergeant is very important. Between its own equipment, the armament and the radio, which, with its battery, weighs very heavy, needless to say that the maneuverability in combat remains rather reduced. The radio set and all its accessories are original, but the radio doesn’t work. But beware, this is military hardware, prefer to fit a modern civilian radio in rather than wanting to refurbish army communication equipment, even though it’s almost 80 years old. If you have trouble removing your radio once the belt is on: put yourself on your back like a turtle, you will have less trouble. SUMMARY Equipment worn by the elite US troops, jump boots were seen in the equipment of American paratroopers from their creation in 1942. They have 11 to 13 pairs of eyelets and a long leather lace comes close. It was also common to find parachute hanger to close the set. Corcoran was the most famous manufacturer because the most important of the time, and they still make jump boots at the moment, which you see here a pair. In order to soften them at the reception, I advise you to take a hot bath while wearing your shoes, then polish them with brown “baranne” polish. The reinforced M42 trousers were pants to be worn over the M37 mustard pants, not shown here. He had a pocket on each thigh, two side pockets and two pockets on the buttocks. It will be advisable to wear it with a pair of straps in addition to a belt, especially if your pockets are full. I advise you to always fill your pockets to give them a good shape, even if it’s rag. This will allow you to have an optimal shape, nothing is uglier than flat pants M42. Be careful to prepare yourself psychologically to repair the crotch, it’s not solid. The mustard shirt M37 came in addition to the pants of the same name. It closes with buttons on the front, it has 2 pockets on the chest and the Dog Tag are worn over, around the neck. Wearing the dog tag over the neck will avoid irritating your neck with the chain. The Dog Tag allowed to identify the body of the soldier and his blood type if it died, or was no longer able to speak at the time of medical care. The reinforced M42 jacket completes the American paratrooper uniform. It closes with a zipper, has 4 pockets on the front, closed by snaps. It’s reinforced at the elbows and under the lower pockets, and a belt completes the set. The Americans had taken the habit of wearing a scarf carved into a parachute, a more decorative element than useful. A wrist compass was stuck in one of the pockets, making it easier to navigate during the jump, the arms being used to handle the lines. A pocket knife was slid into a pocket along the slide so that the lines could be cut in the event of a failed landing. On the left shoulder, we find the division badge of the Screaming Eagles, sewn at 1.27cm from the seam of the shoulder. The rank of T4, or sergeant technician, will be placed halfway between the shoulder and the elbow. The jacket and trousers M42 were treated anti-gas at the time of Landing, making these elements very fragile, and suddenly making extremely rare these elements in original pieces. The US M1 helmet received an evolution in 1942 to convert US M1 helmet into US M1-C (with rectangular fixed bails), or US M2, with fixed half moon bails, as here. This helmet consists of two elements: the steel helmet, one size, with an aluminum ring on its base; and the cardboard then resin liner, which will house the specific A-yokes of US paratroopers, and which will have an adjustable headband. It may include regimental markings, but there is still a controversy over the existence of the ace of spades carried by the 2nd battalion of the 506th regiment. The horizontal bar at the back will symbolize a NCO, but it’s hidden by a phosphorescent disk, to visualize the distance between the soldier who precedes you in the night. The paratroopers’ specific cricket of the 101st Airborne (soldiers of the 82 having toys) will be placed on the rear chin strap of the heavy helmet, but this is a totally personal choice. The webbing of our American parachutist is heavily loaded, including a number of magazines USM1. These will be supplemented by individual equipment essential to the survival in the field of the soldier, constituting a rather important weight. The radio equipment will be placed on top of it, effectively preventing the carriage of an M36 bag. An M1923 battery magazine from Colt 1911 A1 will contain 2 magazines each containing 7 11.43mm cartridges. We have a first USM1 carbine magazine pouch, containing 2 magazines of 15 cartridges each. This is an original. An original M1942 can will be with a cup of the same type, all slipped into a reinforced cover model 1941, in reproduction. The TE-33 Tool Kit is a set consisting of a CS-34 case, a TL-13 clamp and a TL-29 knife. This is an original piece used to handle cables and wires. A new magazine pouch is in the back, here in reproduction. An M1943 shovel will be placed at the right rear of the belt, in a first type cover. The folding shovel was easier to transport than the M1910 straight shovel, and some versions could be shortened by the paras. The shovel here presented is a French post-war shovel, slipped into a cover in reproduction. The US shovel was slightly different in shape on the blade. An M1916 leather holster will contain a Colt 1911 A1, here in airsoft version. A last magazine will be placed on the right side, with a magazine currently stored, the other being engaged in the carbine. An M1924 pouch will contain the first aid kit here in metal version. Original box in a reproduction pouch. Everything will be placed on a belt M36, here post-war, supported by an M36 suspenders with felt pads to distribute the weight. These skates are here reinforced with burlap. On the left side of the webbing will be placed two MKII A1 grenades made in 3D printing. Below will be placed a first aid kit developed especially for paratroopers, placed in an easily accessible place in case of injury. The 101st Airborne Division was the only US division to see all its soldiers with pistols, unlike the other divisions. This flexibility in the settlement was tolerated by General Taylor, when the other divisions gave Colts only to the officers and servants of collective arms. The SCR-300 radio was a piece of equipment made available to a platoon commander, an officer, and handled by an operator to establish quick communications with a headquarters. The SCR-300 consists of the BC-1000A radio and the CS-128 battery compartment BA-70 or BA-80. All of the accessories were mainly contained in the BG-150 bag, hung here on one of the harnesses of the ST-54A harness, on which an M-391-A pad will be placed for the back of the operator. An ST-50-A strap can be added to keep the radio cover closed. Here you can see the various buttons and dials of the BC-1000A, an original radio that has not been modified since the war. Various equipment will be connected to the radio, as well as the antenna, on the right side. A TM11-637 user manual summarizes all the uses, frequencies, settings and accessories to be mastered to use the radio. Two antennas were available to use the radio: the antenna AN-131-A, long distance, and the antenna AN-130-A, here installed, for smaller distances, but with less space, it can be folded vertically along the soldier. Attention, the antenna must remain vertical, it won’t work optimally horizontally. A TS-15 handset will be connected using two cables, one for transmitting, the other for receiving. It will be used in priority over a possible headphone HS-30, which only allows audio. An ST-55-A belt will carry the whole over the previously presented webbing. This one is however not easy to carry, the radio and its elements being very heavy. Beware of the waistline that will be important: indeed, I am adjusted to the maximum, I have no interest in taking 1kg more. All the elements presented here are original and American. Originally planned for the cavalry, then reused by armored crews and then by paratroopers, tan leather gloves can be part of the equipment of US paratroopers in Normandy. They mainly allowed the paras to be able to avoid damaging their hands with the parachute hangers, but they were also worn in combat. Placed on the calf to be quickly accessible during the jump, the trench knife USM3 is here stored in a USM8 leather scabbard. The other version available was the USM6 bakelite scabbard. The knife is a post-war, when the scabbard is a reproduction. The lace will fix the bottom of the scabbard along the ankle. The US M1 carbine had an evolution after its design with a change of stock for a foldable on the side, more suitable for parachute jumping. Thus, it was very rare to see M1 carbines with wood stock with the paratroopers. Only Gliders could have it more easily. A beige canvas sling was added to this USM1 A1 carbine. This is a replica of the brand Denix, you can find the link of the review in the description of this video. Here is what concludes this uniform presentation video, I hope you have enjoyed it. 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