517th Required Uniforms & Gear
 
The following is required within six (6) months of joining:
M37 Wool Shirt & Trousers
M43 Field Jacket
M1 Infantry Helmet
Jump Boots
M1 Rifle or M1 Carbine or M1A1 Carbine 
M36 Musette Bag
M36 Suspenders
M36 Pistol belt or M1928 Cartridge belt
First Aid Pouch
Canteen, Cup & Cover
M43 Entrenching Tool with Cover

The 517th wore a variety of uniforms during their campaigns and there is no basic catchall uniform. The following are our uniform standards for members and are event dependant.

Italy – July 1944:
  1. Standard M-42 Jumpsuit.
  2. Jump Boots.
  3. Olive Drab M1 Infantry Helmet with 517th Chinstraps.
  4. Standard M-36 Musette Bag, M-36 Suspenders, M-36 Pistol Belt or M1928 Cartridge Belt, 1st Aid Pouch, Canteen, cup & cover, & M-43 Entrenching Tool.
 
Southern France – Operation Dragoon – August 1944:
  1. Spray-painted Standard M-42 Jump Suit (unreinforced). An American Flag Brassard may be worn or sewn on the left shoulder.
  2. Jump Boots.
  3. Olive Drab or Camouflaged M1 Infantry Helmet with 517th Chinstraps. Optional “Shrimp” Net.
  4. Standard or Spray-painted M-36 Musette Bag, M-36 Suspenders, M-36 Pistol Belt or M1928 Cartridge Belt, 1st Aid Pouch, Canteen, cup & cover, & M-43 Entrenching Tool with cover.
 
Maritime Alps – Fall 1944:
  1. M-37 Wool Shirt & M-37 Wool Trousers.
  2. M-41 Field Jacket or M-43 Field Jacket or Standard M-42 Jump Jacket (unreinforced).
  3. Jump Boots or Double-Buckle Boots.
  4. Olive Drab or Camouflaged M1 Infantry Helmet with 517th Chinstraps. Optional “Shrimp” Net.
  5. A mixture of Standard & Spray-painted M-36 Musette Bag, M-36 Suspenders, M-36 Pistol Belt or M1928 Cartridge Belt, 1st Aid Pouch, Canteen, cup & cover, & M-43 Entrenching Tool with cover.
 
Battle of the Bulge/Hürtgen Forest/Germany – Winter 1944/1945:
  1. M-37 Wool Shirt & M-37 Wool Trousers.
  2. M-41 Field Jacket or M-43 Field Jacket will be worn.
  3. Optional Herringbone Twill Jacket & Trousers (HBT’s) over M-37 Wool Shirt & Trousers. These were issued & worn by the unit during this time.
  4. Jump Boots or Double-Buckle Boots.
  5. Olive Drab or Camouflaged M1 Infantry Helmet with 517th Chinstraps. Optional “Shrimp” Net.
  6. Standard M-36 Musette Bag, M-36 Suspenders, M-36 Pistol Belt or M1928 Cartridge Belt, 1st Aid Pouch, Canteen, cup & cover, & M-43 Entrenching Tool with cover.
Note on 517th camouflage for helmets & uniforms: All modifications are completed at events under supervision of group members.
 
Optional Uniforms & Equipment
Rubberized Raincoat
Wool Overcoat
Khaki Shirt & Trousers
Jeep Cap
Black Basque Beret (not modern military)
M1A1 Training Gas Mask Bag
M1 Ammunition Bag (GP Bag)
Shelter Half(s)/Pup Tent (early open end) w/ stakes & poles
Wool Blanket(s)/Wool Sleeping Bag
Mess Kit & Utensils



 

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