101st IN EINDHOVEN

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Here are some pictures of the 101st Airborne Division taken during their stay in Holland. It is interesting to note that the whole division was clad in the new M43 utilities. Note that all the trousers were modified by adding large thigh pockets. These pockets were made of heavy duck canvas taken from new rolls of fire-retarded heavy od canvas. Contrary to common belief, there were no duffel bags or squad tents cut up for this. The rigger company was tasked with modifying the jump pants.

In addition to the pockets, a strap was added to the inside of the leg, in order to secure the pocket tight to the leg. First these straps were the same webbing tape as was used for the M42 jump pants, later on the same technique was used as the 82nd AB by folding over a strip of the heavy duck canvas sewn along it's length.

There was no distinction between the uniform of the paratroopers and the glider riders, save for the helmets with the jump liners for the former and regular helmets for the latter.

While on the subject of helmets, the 101st used two distinctive helmet nettings. The netting with the 1/2 inch mesh was the same they used in Normandy, these were sometimes fastooned with strips of burlap to brake up the shape of the helmet, a practice rarely seen in Holland. The many replacements that came in after the Normandy campaign were issued the smaller mesh British made helmet nets.

Also typical to the 101st were the brown felt pads that were used with the suspenders, still used by some during the Holland campaign, and occasionally the paper gas brassard is worn. New to this operation was the bright yellow triangular marker. Of British design and manufacture, this was issued to the airborne troops to be used as identification panels. These were sometimes worn as a scarf.The majority of the paratroopers used the M5 assault gas mask, easily identified by its rubberized bag. The light weight gasmask was on regular issue to the glider troops and HQ personnel.









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