Need some help with items for a rifleman kit

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    mikenewfie
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    Need some help with items for a rifleman kit

    Post by mikenewfie on Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:23 am

    Good day I'm working on putting together a canadian riflemen kit, I'm trying to find out what items would be carried in the field during the Normandy campaign and into Holland so far I have the following items:

    Webbing
    Rifle with sling and action cover
    Housewife
    Holdall with a few contents
    Safety razor with khaki case
    British light gas mask haversack
    Clasp knife
    Mess tins
    Fork&spoon
    MKII helmet with net

    I'm still missing a few piece. I'm not sure what small items they would have carried in the field any one able to help me?
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    Post by pylon1357 on Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:41 am

    I saw something in one of my reference books about the typical load out. I jyst cannot recall where I saw it. I am currently swamped with work, so I cant look into it.

    I think the book may have been Bocheriys?


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    Post by Chuck Biscuits on Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:44 pm

    Mike,you should see if you can locate the reference book Cliff is talking about..Worth every penny if youre getting into the field equipment..Called "The Canadian Soldier,From D-day to V.E Day"...my copy is buried somewhere right now but looking at your list off the top of my head id add the Wool blanket,rubber ground sheet,enamel cup and entrenching tool and a selection of various small ration tins or the 24Hr ration would also be realistic..If theres any webbing you are missing let me know as I may have extras.

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    Post by mikenewfie on Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:50 pm

    I am looking for a copy of the canadian soldier from d day to V.E day and also the reference book cliff had mentioned as well now chuck I am missing a couple pieces of webbing

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    Post by Chuck Biscuits on Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:13 pm

    The book Cliff had mentioned is The Canadian Soldier..He referred to the authors last name which i think is spelled Bouchery but dont quote me on that..Since its close by I took a pic of what your large or small pack should look like completed,front and back views.
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    Post by mikenewfie on Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:17 pm

    Thank you for the pictures Chuck I'm putting together a small pack did they carrier their large packs on d-day? I really need to find these books first I need to get a good small pack
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    Post by ypres on Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:36 am

    mikenewfie wrote:Thank you for the pictures Chuck I'm putting together a small pack did they carrier their large packs on d-day? I really need to find these books first I need to get a good small pack

    I did a quick google search and these photos came up. Look for small packs and large packs..... After looking at many photos it seems that some wore them and some units wore small packs, others wore neither. I think it would depend on the unit you are trying to reconstruct....

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