Infantry Load
The follow chart comes from Lt Col Hugh Foster, historian. Used with permission.

The Infantry Soldierís Load, Winter of 1944 - 45

Clothing, Common

Source

Underwear

.43

1

Socks

.19

1

Long johns (sweater x 2)

2.24

4

Pants & Shirt, wool

2.82

1

Pants belt, w/ buckle

.19

1

Knit cap

.13

1

Boots, side buckle

4.38

1

Field trousers

2.00

1

Sweater, wool

1.12

1

Field jacket, M1943

3.30 (approx.)

1

Parka (raincoat/poncho equiv)

2.81

4

Scarf, wool

.41

1

Gloves, wool

.13

1

Socks, extra

.19

1

Blanket, wool

3.69

1

Shelterhalf, canvas

4.50

1

Personal items

1.90 (includes toilet articles)

1

 Total Weight

30.52

 

 

Equipment, Common

Source

Helmet, w/ liner/net

3.19

1

First aid pouch, M1942 w/ packet

.40

1

Canteen, M1910/cup/cover (x2)

7.38 (filled) (3.69 each)

1

Entrenching tool, M1943 w/ carrier

2.94

1

Suspenders, M1936

.95

1

Field bag, M1936 (pack)

1.81

1

K-Ration, 3 meals

2.31

1

 Total Weight

18.98

 


 

Unique Items

Source

Radio, SCR 300

38.23 (complete)

5

Transceiver

13.00

5

Battery pack

15.00

5

Misc. items

8.43 (frame, cables, etc.)

5

Handset

1.80

5

Binoculars, w/ case

3.50 (est.)

8

Gas mask, M9, w/ carrier

4.00

7


Weapons

Source

Rifle, M1, Garand

10.20 (loaded)

1

Sling, M1

.53

1

Cleaning kit, M1

.53

1

Cartridge belt, M1923

1.44

1

Ammo: 10 x 8-rd clips

5.31 (in cartridge belt)

1

Ammo: bandolier w/ 6 x 8-rd clips

3.37

1

Bayonet, M1 w/ M7 scabbard

1.56

1

     
Rifle, M1903A3, sling, cleaning kit

9.88 (loaded)

1

Ammo: bandolier w/ 12 x 5-rd clips

3.90

1

     
Carbine, M1, w/ sling/oiler

5.92 (loaded)

1

Magazine pouch, carbine

.16

1

Magazine, 15-rd, carbine x 2

1.18 (loaded)

1

Ammo: bandolier w/ 12 x 10-rd clips

3.93

1

     
Browning Auto. Rifle (BAR)

20.84 (loaded)

1

Sling, M1

.53

1

Cleaning kit, M1

.53

1

Cartridge belt, M1937

1.88

1

Ammo: 12 x 20-rd mags

18.36 (in cartridge belt)

1

     
SMG, M1A1, Thompson

12.05 (loaded)

1

SMG, M3

9.90 (loaded

1

Magazine pouch, SMG

.53 (est.)

4

Mag, .45 cal SMG

1.90 (loaded)

1

     
Pistol, M1911A1

2.99 (loaded)

1

Belt, pistol, M1923

.56

1

Magazine pouch M1923, .45

.13

1

Magazine, .45 pistol x 2

.91 (loaded)

1

Holster M1916, .45

.59

1

     
MG, M1917A1, .30, heavy gun

32.60

2

Tripod w/ T&E

53.20

2

Coolant can w/ 7 pints water

7.28 (water is only 8.33 lb/gallon)

6

     
MG, M1919A4, light gun

31.00

2

Tripod

14.00

2

     
MG, M1919A6, .30, light w/ bipod & stock

32.50

2

Ammo: can of 250-rd

20.00(derived from gross pallet weight)

3

Mortar, 60mm, M19

46.96 (complete)

2

Gun

15.98

2

Bipod

16.36

2

Baseplate

12.76

2

Sight

1.86

4

Ammo: 60mm HE

3.22

2

Ammo: 60mm WP

4.98

2

Ammo: 60mm IL

5.00

2

     
Grenade launcher, M1

1.10

2

Ammo: HE grenade

.62

2

Ammo: WP grenade

1.50

2

     
Grenade, MK II, frag.

1.31

1

 

Equipment, Rifleman

Source

Rifle, M1

10.20 (loaded)

1

Sling, M1

.53

1

Cleaning kit, M1

.53

1

Cartridge belt, M1923

1.44

1

Ammo: 10 x 8-rd clips

5.31 (in cartridge belt)

1

Ammo: bandolier w/6 x 8-rd clips (x2)

6.74 (3.37 each)

1

Bayonet, M1 w/ M7 scabbard

1.56

1

Grenade, MK II, frag. (x2)

2.62 (1.31 each)

1

Hatchet or saw

1.50 (est. weight)

4

Pistol, captured

2.00 (est. weight)

4

 

= 32.52

 
Common clothing

+ 30.52

 
Common equipment

+ 18.98

 
Riflemanís load

= 82.02

 

 

Equipment, BAR Gunner

Source

BAR

20.84 (loaded)

1

Sling, M1

.53

1

Cleaning kit, M1

.53

1

Cartridge belt, M1937

1.88

1

Ammo: 12 x 20-rd mags

18.36 (in cartridge belt)

1

Trench knife, M3, w/ scabbard

.93

1

Grenade, MK II, frag. (x2)

2.62 (1.31 each)

1

Hatchet or saw

1.50 (est. weight)

4

Pistol, captured

2.00 (est. weight)

4

 

= 49.19

 
Common clothing

+ 30.52

 
Common equipment

+ 18.98

 
BAR Gunnerís load

= 98.69

 

Sources

1. Human Engineering Laboratory, Aberdeen PG, MD, Mr. Bill Hanlan and MAJ Kurt Sellers AV 298-5929.
2. Ordnance Museum (ref. JANEís books), Dr. Atwater AV 298-3602.
3. Defense Ammunition Center & School, Savana Army Depot, IL. Mr. Bill Frerichs AV 585-8071.
4. Estimate: LTC Hugh F. Foster III (Ret.).
5. Signal Museum, Ft. Gordon, GA. Mr. Ted Wise AV 780-2818.
6. US Army Logistics Center, Ft. Lee, VA. COL Ron Hall AV 687-3745/4886/2398.
7. US Army Chemical Museum, Ft. McClellan, AL (205) 238-4449. Mr. T. K. Miller and CPT Richard Cator (Ret.) AV 865-4449/3355.
8. US Army Field Artillery and Ft. Sill Museum, Ft. Sill, OK 73503 (405) 351-3703. Mr. Linden Couvillion AV 639-3703/5123.

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