Equipment Purchase List

Here is the basic equipment and all equipment that you will need to participate with 5th Rangers Dog Company. We have it broken down by the items that you will need right away and items that you can acquire after you have been in the unit for a while. All of the gear listed below is easily available through vendors and local antique shops. We highly recommend purchasing your jump boots and wools before attending your first event. We make no guarantees on the availability of equipment to lend to new people so it is in your best interest to gather the Basic Kit as quickly as possible. Links to the vendors that supply the equipment is on our links page.

Basic Kit: This is the uniforms and gear that you will need to purchase within the first season of joining the unit.

  • OD Field Jacket (aka- M41, M1941) with Ranger diamond patch on left shoulder, centered 1” down from seam.
  • Wool shirt (aka- M41, M1941), Mustard/light OD shade, with gas flap behind buttons and gussets at sleeve openings; with Ranger patch sewn on left shoulder, centered 1” down from seam.
  • Wool pants (aka M38,M1938, Mustard/light OD shade)
  • Infantry Overseas Cap with blue piping and with rounded front and back top corners (not peaks).
  • Service Type II shoes (aka- shoes/service/russet/composition sole); Hubbards shoe grease or comparable water-proofer recommended. “Rough-Outs” are not the same. AND M1938 Leggings* (full length ok, cut-down would be correct).
  • OR Cocoran (brand) boots; same as Airborne wears, with no leggings; Hubbards shoe grease or comparable water-proofer/polish recommended.
  • M1 Rifle (aka Garand) with WW2-correct hardware web sling (preferred) or Leather M1903 sling, which was very rarely used.
  • M1 Garand Blank Adapter and Blanks. Blank adapter must be installed prior to arriving at events.
  • M1 Bayonet, 10” in length with sheath.
  • M1910 Canteen*, Cup*, and Cover*. Always keep canteen sanitized and full of fresh water and drink lots of it to stay hydrated!
  • M1923 Cartridge Belt*
  • M1940 Dog tags -1st Line- first name of soldier, middle initial, last name; 2nd Line- army serial number, tetanus year, tetanus toxoid year), blood type; 5th Line -religion.
  • M1928 Haversack* with Meat Can Pouch* and no tail pack. Meat can pouch should contain 2 leather sheaths for the fork and knife.
  • Meat Can* with Fork, Knife, and Spoon
  • M1910 T-Handle Shovel and Carrier pouch*; mounts between the meat can pouch and M1928 Haversack.
  • M1 Helmet and Liner in correct shade OD with Orange Diamond on back and “5” in middle without officer insignia – Front Seam is preferred on pot with fixed or swivel bale. All straps, webbing, and hardware should be event period correct. No helmet net is preferred as they were very rarely worn.
  • Khaki dress tie (aka “Mohair”)
  • M1937 khaki web belt with open buckle for enlisted men
  • M3 Knife* and M8 Scabbard (preferred), M6 Scabbards* were rarely used.
  • M1942 First Aid Pouch* w/ Carlisle bandage tin or box inside
  • OD Green cushion sole socks (WW2 correct style preferred)
  • US Army Duffel Bag
  • Army Cot. Wooden with canvas cover
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    D-Day Conneaut Items

    These items should be purchased within 2 years of joining and are used for D-Day Ohio
  • Dark Shade Herringbone Twill (HBT) shirt and pants.
  • Gloves (aka-horsehide riding gloves). same as used by Airborne.
  • (2) Gas Detection Brassards – Paper – one worn with epaulet keeping it up on right shoulder, the other goes in the assault gas mask bag with mask. They rip easy too, so an extra will not be wasted.
  • M1 GP (General Purpose) Bag; a WW2 30 caliber small metal ammo can fits perfectly inside, but you can put whatever in it. Matching strap is not required; correct straps were makeshift pieces from rope or other materials due to shortages.
  • First Aid Packet pouch with tie straps; same as used by Airborne, mostly worn on front pack strap, should look “filled”.
  • (1) WWII OD wool blanket; 2 recommended for cold nights; especially at beach events like Conneaut!
  • M7 Gas Mask Bag with something inside to make it look like it contains an M5 gas mask (see below)
  • M1938 Wire Cutters Pouch (Used at D-Day, recommended)
  • M1938 Wire Cutters (Used at D-Day, recommended)
  • M1926 Inflatable life belt (Not required, but recommended for D-Day events)
  • M1 Garand Bandoleer(Not required, but recommended); one is all that is needed, though 2 could be worn.
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    Advanced Kit: This is the equipment that you can purchase to expand your impression/p>

  • 4 Pocket Class A Jacket
  • Winter Combat Jacket (Tanker)
  • WW2 correct watch; Hamilton was the issued brand for D-Day; Elgin is acceptable; very helpful at reenactment events where cell phones are prohibited.
  • Basic Field Manual (FM 21-100); reading it online or in paperback will help you act the part.
  • Class A 4-Pocket Jacket for Dinners/Dances
  • Flashlight –Model TL-122-B
  • Jeep Cap (keeps your head warm on cold days or at night)
  • WW2 Ration boxes with filler or food
  • M5 gas mask(very rare and expensive) kept in M7 gas mask bag (not recommended during reenactments);Alternatively use an M9 gas mask and modify it to make it look like an m5 with paint and correct filter; will probably never be seen at an event since they were never used, only carried in case.
  • WW2 personal effects bag to hold all of your small stuff in:
  • WW2 correct tooth brush
  • WW2 sewing kit with extra black safety pins, buttons, OD thread, needles, scissors, etc.; very useful in the field
  • WW2 correct comb
  • WW2 correct shaving/signaling mirror
  • WW2 shaving kit
  • WW2 correct handkerchief
  • WW2 correct OD towel
  • WW2 correct can opener
  • WW2 correct ammo box for carrying blank ammo in GP bag if not already in bandoleer or cartridge belt
  • WW2 correct playing cards
  • WW2 correct boxer shorts
  • WW2 correct M1 garand soft carrying case
  • WW2 correct shelter half tent with wooden stakes and guy wire and folding wood pole
  • WW2 correct reproduction grenades or deactivated grenades
  • M2 Paratrooper switchblade “pocket” knife (for d-day events)
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    Weapons:The part that everyone loves, the weapons! Now we do have a few M1 Garands that we lend to new recruits because this will be the most expensive purchase of your kit.

  • M1 Garand
  • M1 Thompson
  • 1919 Browning 30 Cal
  • Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR)
  • Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911
  • Carbine, .30 Caliber, M1
  • Rifle, .30 Caliber, M1903A3
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