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The Things They Carried

Detailed Equipment Allocation Per
18 November 1944 T/O & E 17-27

A wide range of equipment was required to keep a tank battalion fit for day to day operations. Shown here is a complete listing of all of the items that were officially allotted to a WWII independent tank battalion under T/O & E 17-27, dated 18 November 1944, and modified 6 January 1945. This listing provides for every component of an independent tank battalion except its Medical Detachment.

Listed below, in official Army nomenclature, are all 25,863 of the "official" items that were issued to an independent tank battalion in WWII, from the tanks they fought in, all the way down to the hair clippers and bugles.

The tankers carried all of this, and more. Not listed, of course, are the unauthorized personal items that every man in the 752nd carried. Cameras and diaries, photos of loved ones, photos from the front. Letters from mom and dad, sister and brother. Love letters, Dear John letters. Food from home, food from grateful Italian civilians, food that was "liberated" from farms and villages along the way. Silk stockings from Rome, hand-knit olive drab sweaters sent from home. Cigarettes and Ronson lighters, candy and chewing gum. Battlefield souvenirs and bottles of vino. The personal effects of a fallen buddy, and a solemn promise to get them safely back home. These were the things they carried most carefully.

Ordnance, Vehicles:
  • Car, Half-track, M3A2, without Armament (7)
  • Car, Half-track, M3A2, with Winch, without Armament (6)
  • Carrier, Mortar, 81-mm half-track M21, with Armament (2)
  • Carrier, Mortar, 81-mm half-track, M21, with Armament, with Winch (1)
  • Tank, Light, with Armament (17)
  • Tank, Medium, with Armament (53)
  • Tank, Medium, M4, 105-mm Howitzer, with Armament (6)
  • Trailer, -ton, 2-wheel, Cargo (6)
  • Trailer, 1-ton, 2-wheel, Cargo (32)
  • Trailer, Ammunition, M10 (17)
  • Truck, -ton, 4 x 4 (22)
  • Truck, -ton, 4 x 4, Weapons carrier (3)
  • Truck, 2-ton, 6 x 6, Cargo (32)
  • Truck, 2-ton, 6 x 6, Cargo, with Winch (7)
  • Truck, Wrecking, Heavy, M1A1 (2)
  • Vehicle, Tank recovery, Light (1)
  • Vehicle, Tank recovery, M32 (5)

    Ordnance, Motor Transport Equipment:

  • Axe, Handled, Chopping, Single-bit, Standard grade, 4-lb. (69)
  • Cabinet, Spare parts, Type I, M1940 (3)
  • Chain, Motor vehicle, Tow, 16-ft long x 7/16-in diameter (39)
  • Compass, M6 (2)
  • Defroster and deicer, Electric, Windshield (82)
  • Kit, Conversion, 12-volt (for mounting radio in &frac14-ton, 4 x 4) (2)
  • Mattock, Handled, Pick, Type II, Class F, 5-lb. (45)
  • Rope, Tow, 20-ft long, 1-in diameter (25)
  • Shovel, General purpose, D-handled, Strapback, Round point, No. 2 (69)
  • Tool Set (complete w/tools), General mechanics' (38)
  • Tool Set, Half-track regimental maintenance platoon set (1)
  • Tool Set, Second echelon, set No. 1, Common (1)
  • Tool Set, Special, Armored command, Company set (6)
  • Tool Set, Tank, Light regimental maintenance platoon set (1)
  • Tool Set, Tank, Medium regimental maintenance platoon set (1)

    Ordnance, Weapons & Miscellaneous:

  • Bayonet, Knife, M4 with Scabbard, M8A1 (9)
  • Binocular, M17 (122)
  • Carbine, cal. .30, M2 (240)
  • Chest, Cleaning material and small stores (1)
  • Chest, Lighting equipment, M21 (3)
  • Chest, Miscellaneous spare parts (1)
  • Circle, Aiming, M1 (11)
  • Compass, M2 (5)
  • Finder, Range, M7 (w/armd command equipment) (13)
  • Gun, Machine, Browning, cal. .30, M1919A4, Flexible (12)
  • Gun, Machine, Browning, Heavy barrel, cal. .50, M2, Flexible (20)
  • Gun, Submachine, cal. .45, M3A1 (458)
  • Launcher, Grenade, M8 (24)
  • Launcher, Rocket, 2.36-in. M9A1 (35)
  • Light, Aiming post, M14 (6)
  • Mount, AA machine gun, cal. .50, M63 (18)
  • Mount, Tripod, Machine gun, cal. .30, M2 (12)
  • Pistol, Automatic, cal. .45, M1911A1 (3)
  • Rifle, US cal. .30, M1 (20)
  • Table, Graphical firing, M23 (11)
  • Table, Graphical firing, M25 (65)
  • Table, Graphical firing, M30 (65)
  • Telescope, Observation, M48 (1)
  • Tool Kit, (complete w/tools), Artillery mechanics' (5)
  • Tool Set, (complete w/tools), Armorers' (8)
  • Watch, Pocket, 15 or more jewels (7)
  • Watch, Wrist, 7-jewel (105)
  • Watch, Wrist, 15 or more jewels (40)

    Chemical:

  • Alarm, Gas, M1 (7)
  • Apparatus, Decontaminating, 1-qt capacity, M2 (66)
  • Kit, Chemical agent detector, M9 (6)
  • Kit, Repair, Gas mask, Universal, M8 (1)
  • Mask, Gas, Optical, Lightweight, M2-10A1-6 (2)
  • Mask, Gas, Service, Combat, M5-11-7 (721)
  • Respirator, Dust, M2 (721)

    Engineer:

  • Camouflage net set, No. 3 (2)
  • Command Post and Fire Direction Equipment, Set No. 1. (4)
  • Compass, Lensatic, Luminous dial type, with case (82)
  • Compass, Wrist, Liquid-filled (108)
  • Demolition Equipment Set No. 5, Individual (2)
  • Drafting Equipment, Set No. 1, Battalion (1)
  • Extinguisher, Fire, Carbon dioxide, Permanent shut-off, 15-lb. (32)
  • Glass, Magnifying, Self-illuminated, 2-in diameter, 5-power (8)
  • Lamp, Electric, Portable command post (3)
  • Marker, Luminous, Radioactive, Type M (336)
  • Measurer, Map (1)
  • Mine probe (9)
  • Navigation equipment, Set No. 2, Dead reckoning (6)
  • Net, Camouflage, Cotton, Twine, Fabric garnished, 15 x 15-ft (30)
  • Net, Camouflage, Cotton, Twine, Fabric garnished, 22 x 22-ft (28)
  • Net, Camouflage, Cotton, Twine, Fabric garnished, 29 x 29-ft (52)
  • Net, Camouflage, Cotton, Twine, Fabric garnished, 36 x 44-ft (133)
  • Net, Camouflage, Cotton, Twine, Fabric garnished, 45 x 45-ft (6)
  • Protractor, Fan, Plastic, Range Deflection, 1/25,000 scale, Range 16,500 yards (4)
  • Scale, Coordinate, Plastic, 1/20000 & 1/62500 (yds), 1/25000 & 1/50000 (mtrs) (4)
  • Scales,Interpreters, 12-inch, Special, Transparent, 1/1000 ft & 1/10-in grad. (1)
  • Stereoscope, Magnifying, Pocket (1)
  • Tape, Measuring, Steel, US, 100-ft. (1)
  • Templet map, Plastic transparent, M2 (43)

    Medical:

  • Kit, First aid, Gas casualty (30)
  • Kit, First aid, Motor vehicle, 12-unit or 24-unit (66)

    Quartermaster, Organizational Clothing:

  • Gloves, Protective, Impermeable (16)
  • Jacket, Field, Pile, OD (390)
  • Mittens, Asbestos, M1942 (37)
  • Suit, Protective, One-piece, Impermeable (10)
  • Trousers, Field, Cotton, OD (390)
  • Trousers, Field, Wool, OD (390)

    Quartermaster, Individual Equipment:

  • Bag, Canvas, Field, OD, M1936 (721)
  • Bag, Cartridge, cal. .30, M1923, Dismounted (20)
  • Belt, Pistol or revolver, M1936 (701)
  • Cover, Canteen, Mounted, M1941 (721)
  • Cover, Canvas, Muzzle, Rifle or carbine (260)
  • Pocket, Magazine, Double web, EM (3)
  • Pocket, Magazine, for Carbine, cal. .30, M1 (720)
  • Strap, Carrying, General purpose (721)
  • Suspenders, Belt, M1936 (268)

    Quartermaster, Organizational Equipment:

  • Axe, Entrenching, M1910, with Handle (32)
  • Bag, Canvas, Water sterilizing, Porous, with Cover and hanger (6)
  • Bag, Carrying, Ammunition (471)
  • Bag, Carrying, Rocket, M-6 (70)
  • Bag, Delousing (37)
  • Bar, Wrecking, Gooseneck, 24-in. (12)
  • Bucket, Canvas, Water, 18-qt (66)
  • Bucket, General purpose, Galvanized, Without lip, 14-qt capacity (14)
  • Burner, Oil, Stove, Tent, M1941 (6)
  • Can, Corrugated, Nesting galvanized, with Cover, 10-gallon (6)
  • Can, Corrugated, Nesting galvanized, with Cover, 16-gallon (6)
  • Can, Corrugated, Nesting galvanized, with Cover, 24-gallon (6)
  • Can, Corrugated, Nesting galvanized, with Cover, 32-gallon (6)
  • Can, Water, 5-gallon (317)
  • Carrier, Axe, Entrenching, M1910 (32)
  • Carrier, Pickmattock, Entrenching, M1919 (62)
  • Carrier, Shovel, Entrenching, M1943 (260)
  • Carrier, Wire-cutter, M1938 (101)
  • Case, Canvas, Carbine, cal. .30, M1 (240)
  • Case, Canvas, Dispatch (33)
  • Case, Canvas, Map (23)
  • Chest, Record, Fiber (6)
  • Clipper, Hair (25)
  • Cutter, Wire, M1938 (101)
  • Desk, Field, Empty, Fiber (9)
  • Drum, Gasoline, 5 gallon (2203)
  • Flag, Guidon, Bunting (6)
  • Flag, National standard, Silk (1)
  • Flag, Standard, Organization, Silk (1)
  • Fly, Tent, Wall, Large, complete w/pins and poles (6)
  • Foot, Measuring Outfit, Men's, M1943 (1)
  • Goggles, M1944 (721)
  • Heater, Immersion-type, for Cans, Corrugated (18)
  • Heater, Tent, Gasoline (1)
  • Kit, Barber, with Case (6)
  • Kit, Box-strapping, 5/8-inch (1)
  • Machine, Duplicating, Spirit process, Military field kit (1)
  • Mask, Face, Launcher, Rocket (70)
  • Outfit, Cooking, 1-burner (165)
  • Paulin, Canvas, Small (1)
  • Pick-mattock, Entrenching, M1910, with Handle (50)
  • Range, Field, M1937, 3-unit (6)
  • Roll, Commissary, Complete (1)
  • Safe, Field, Combination lock (1)
  • Scale, Weighing, Spring balance, Straight, Single hook, 100 lb. capacity (5)
  • Screen, Latrine, complete with pins and poles (6)
  • Selector, Qualification card (1)
  • Shovel, Entrenching, M1943 (260)
  • Sling, Color, Web, OD (2)
  • Stencil outfit, with Figures and letters -in and 1-in. (1)
  • Stove, Tent, M1941 (6)
  • Stretcher, Shoe, Sizes 0, 1, and 2 (1)
  • Tent, Command post, complete with pins and poles (3)
  • Tent, Kitchen, Flyproof (6)
  • Tent, Maintenance shelter, with Frame (1)
  • Tent, Wall, Small, complete with fly pins and poles (3)
  • Tool Set, Carpenter's No. 1 (6)
  • Tool Set, Carpenter's No. 2 (6)
  • Trumpet, G with Slide to F (5)
  • Tube, Flexible nozzle (24)
  • Typewriter, Non-portable, 11-inch carriage (2)
  • Typewriter, Portable, with Carrying case (9)
  • Whistle, Thunderer (74)

    Signal:

  • Alignment Equipment ME-73 (6)
  • Axle, RL-27 (4)
  • Chest, BC-5 (1)
  • Converter, M-209 (6)
  • Detector Set SCR-625 (1)
  • Flag Set M-238 (165)
  • Flashlight TL-122 (497)
  • Holder, M-167 (4)
  • Installation Kit, MC-538 (2)
  • Lantern MX-290/GV (20)
  • Maintenance Equipment ME-13 (2)
  • Maintenance Equipment ME-40 (4)
  • Panel Set, AP-30-C (1)
  • Panel Set, AP-30-D (1)
  • Panel Set AP-50-A (119)
  • Power Unit PE-210 (3)
  • Radio Set AN/VRC-3 (29)
  • Radio Set SCR-506 (4)
  • Radio Set SCR-508 (21)
  • Radio Set SCR-509 (3)
  • Radio Set SCR-510 (21)
  • Radio Set SCR-528 (68)
  • Radio Set SCR-608 (1)
  • Remote Control Equipment, RC-261 (3)
  • Remote Control Equipment, RC-289 (1)
  • Telephone EE-8 (20)
  • Test Set I-56 (1)
  • Test Unit I-176 (5)
  • Tool Equipment TE-41 (3)
  • Vibrator pack PP-68 (1)
  • Voltohmeter I-166 (5)
  • Wire W-130-A on Reel DR-4 mi (12)
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