Standard load for a WWII infantryman?


October 31, 2003, 03:29 PM
Hefting a couple of full bandoliers of Garand clips filled with 48 rounds of 30-06 got me thinking...these darn things are heavy! How many clips/rounds did an M-1 equipped rifleman normally carry during WWII?

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Steve in PA
October 31, 2003, 03:39 PM
The cartridge belts held 10 or 12 clips??? Plus some GI's would carry a bandolier......or two!! WWII was not the spray and pray war that Viet Nam was.

4v50 Gary
October 31, 2003, 03:44 PM
Basic load of the infantryman since the time of Roman Legionnaire has been 50 plus pounds (try 70 for the Miles Septimus). You know, the stuff gets lighter, stronger and better but that just means ole dog face carries more equipment.

Bartholomew Roberts
October 31, 2003, 05:58 PM
80 rounds was the basic load for the M1 Garand - though like today's basic load, soldiers often carried more than that.

October 31, 2003, 06:02 PM
I think that really depends on two things.

1. The supply situation.

2. How much the soldier in question can carry and still walk.

October 31, 2003, 07:59 PM
The Infantryman's Combat Load for the Normandy Invasion varied between 60-90 lb. Some carried over 100 lb. As a minimum, according to the TOE, each rifleman carried the following:

M1 Garand and 96 rounds
Life preserver
Gas mask
5 grenades
1/2 lb TNT
6 rations
2 canteens
first aid kit
4 60mm mortar rounds or 2 anti-tank mines
treated chemical clothing for gas attacks
web gear or assault jackets
helmet and liner
spare boots, socks
rain gear
sleeping gear
shelter half
personal items

Then there were the soldiers who carried bazookas, flame throwers, mortars, automatic rifles, machine guns, bangalores, wire cutters, TNT satchels, radios, etc.

During the British Invasion of the Falklands, each soldier carried 120 lb.

During the Grenada Invasion, American Ranger paratroopers carried 167 lb.

Infantrymen carry too much stuff!

Mike Irwin
October 31, 2003, 08:25 PM
IIRC, the standard Doughboy load during WW I was close to 70 pounds...

Number 6
October 31, 2003, 09:44 PM
This website has some useful information about how much ammo an infantryman would carry.

Matthew Temkin
November 1, 2003, 12:14 AM
My dad told me that 10-12 clips ( 80-96 rounds) was standard for a combat patrol.
An excellent book about the avj Joe in WW2 is, THE DEADLY BROTHERHOOD.

November 1, 2003, 03:51 AM
The WWII GI cartridge belt has 10 pockets for a total of 80 rounds. But the real beauty of the M1 Garand en bloc clip was, that being a staggered feed device, that you could clip them almost anywhere and they'd be easy to grab.

I have seen photos of GIs with clips on pack straps, slings, field jacket pockets even bootlaces around the neck carrying 3 or 4.

My dad used to tell me that the guys with the Garands were better off than he was with his little M1 Carbine since they didn't have to worry about keeping track of their mags. But then again he said he never saw anyone with "Carbine Thumb".

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