503rd PIR Nadzab, New Guinea 1944

The airborne troops in the Pacific initially wore the standard M42 jumpsuit. Whilst it provided a lot of carrying capacity with its 4 bellows jacket pockets and 2 large thigh cargo pockets the colour and comfort were somewhat lacking in a jungle environment. As was standard practice his trousers are "bloused" into his jump boots.

Our figure is wearing the M2 jump helmet system which comprised an inner and outer helmet designed for parachute troops. The inner was made form resin impregnated fibres and the outer from steel. The outer has extensions to the chin strap that connect to studs on the liner to keep the 2 connected during the descent. The chin straps on the liner are known as "A Yokes" and connect together with a leather chin strap with a chamois lined cup.

His boots are the famous "Corcoran" jump boots.

Hi equipment is a mix of standard issue and locally produced "rigger" gear. As the priority supply was for the NW Europe theatre units in the other theatres sometimes had to improvise because of slow (or non-existent) supply or just to improve the comfort and effectiveness of the individual soldier. The 503 riggers came up with system of ammunition pouches that enabled the soldier to carry (on average) twice the normal ammo load. These fitted onto the M36 pistol belt and were made for the M1 Garand rifle, Thompson SMG and M1 Carbine. (There were obviously differences in design, materials etc - though the basic premise remained the same).

Our figure wears a pair of the 5 magazine pouches for his M1A1 Carbine. The magazines are carried edge on thus allowing 5 to fit into the space of the standard 3 magazine pouch.

The rest of his equipmet - M36 pistol belt, suspenders and mussette bag, water bottles etc are all standard issue. Of note are the 18-inch machette (with the M3 knife in it's M8 scabbard attached with balck friction tape) and the jungle first aid pouch.