Here is a visual of what a Rifleman would have looked like on D-Day.
Field Service Marching Order with respirator slung. Gas cape rolled on Belt. Veil camouflage around neck. Shell dressing under netting of helmet. Emergency rations in hip pocket.
A.V. Battle dress will be worn, patches, (Canada & QOR), sewn on, when other collected.
The A.V. Battle dress will be worn for a minimum of 48 hrs, as soon as possible. If any effects on body are noticed, they will be reported immediately.
- Mess tins
- Holdall (towel, soap, razor, etc.)
- Knife, fork and spoon
- 24 hour rations
- Boot laces
- 4 x 2
- Pair of socks
- Brown mug
- Leather jerkin
- Boots (anklets if required)
- Cap comforter
- Boot brush, dubbin & polish
- Canvas shoes
- Shirt, Angola
- Boot laces
- Drawers, Celular
- Writing kit
- Vest, Summer
- 3 pairs socks
- Greatcoat packed on outside of pack, held on by kicking straps
- Respirator of Assault marching personnel only attached to pack.
- G-1018 blanket, folded as for kit layout rolled in ground sheet, strongly lied and properly labelled. (This makes a roll about 2 ½ feet long.)
- All packs, Haversacks, Greatcoats (inside belt), ground sheet, to be marked with Rank, Name, Number and Coy mark.
- Assault troops are all that land on “D” day.
- 1 suit of denim to be collected at a later date.
- Serge suit for all assault personnel, both riding & marching, less those with coys, will be turned in when notified to coy stores. They will be marked as laid down. They will be returned after “D” day.
- Serge suit for those on follow up vehicles will be put in their Blanket rolls.
Here are some Pre Invasion photos from our Archives:
To see the War Diaries for Pre and Invasion visit the link below
MCpl Graham Humphrey