506th P.I.R. Uniform Requirements
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Parachute Infantry Regiment
Uniform Requirements


M42 Uniform Requirements

This is what is needed for the basic 506th P.I.R. Normandy impression.

Basic Combat Impression

  • Jacket, Parachutist's, M1942, reinforced w/ 101st patch
  • Trousers, Parachutist's, M1942, reinforced
  • Belt, enlistedmen's, and or: Suspenders pants, M42,M43
  • Shirt, enlistedmen's, wool, M1938
  • Garrison Cap, Wool or tan cotton with parachute patch and blue piping
  • Gloves, Tan or brown leather
  • Undershirt, tank top or crew neck, Pea Green, or white
  • Jump Boots, Brown Corcoran
  • Helmet, M1 or M1C with Spade decals, parachutist's liner w/ leather chin cup
  • Belt, cartridge or pistol, M1923 or earlier model, arranged with proper pouches for weapon carried
  • Suspenders, combat, M1936
  • Musset bag, M1936
  • Entrenching tool, M1910 shortened T-Handle, M1943 folding, or M1910 pick mattock
    (E-tool Required for possible fire-fighting during dry season)
  • Pouch, carlisle bandage, M1942
  • Canteen, cup and cover, M1942
  • First Aid Packet, parachutist's
  • Bayonet, M1942 (required with M1 Garand)
  • Trench Knife M3, with M6 or M8 sheath (required with M1 Carbine)
  • Trench Knife, WWI Knuckle (optional)
  • Note: All web gear must be khaki or light OD colored for the 42 uniform, dark OD is permitted for the 43 impression.

    The most important items to purchase to start off is your Uniform, Boots, and Weapon. Most items can be found from the vendors listed below. We currenlty are doing only combat impressions, no dress uniform is requiered.

    M43 Uniform Requirements

    These items replace their early style counterparts for a late war impression.

    Late War Impression Market Garden & Bastonge

    • Jacket, M1943 (48 Star flag sewn on or flag brassard)
    • Trousers, M1943, modified for parachute troops
    • America Flag brassard (if 48 star flag is not sewn on)
    • Sweater, wool knit, 5 button or red cross variants
    • Jeep Cap, OD knit
    • Scarf, OD
    • Overcoat, enlisted men's, wool
    • Boots, combat, M1943 (double buckle)
    • Knife sheath, M8A
    • Accessories

      Additional items that help fill out the impression.

      Uniform Accessories
      (Not Required)

    • Suspender Pads, Wool (for M36 suspenders)
    • Helmet Net, wide or standard
    • Dog Tags, notched, slim chain
    • Wrist Compass
    • Cricket, Brass signal device
    • Rope Coil
    • Basic Field Manual FM 21-100
    • M2 Paratrooper Knife
    • D-Day Rubberized Assault Gas Mask Bag
    • Bandolier, Garand
    • Map Case
    • Hawkins Mine
    • Grenades, MK-11A1, M18 (plastic or rubber only)
    • Brassard, 48 star flag (for 43 uniform)
    • In the Field

      Many of our events will require period tentage and camping equipment as no barracks will be available.


    • Sleeping Bag, any type from 1942-1945
    • 2 Shelter Halves (Dog Tent), with 10 wood pegs, 2 poles (folding or 3 pieces each), 2 guide ropes
    • OD Wool Blanket
    • Mess Kit
    • GI Duffle Bag
    • Flashlight
    • Alternate Impressions

      Specialty Impressions

      Demo Team:

      • Helmet, M1 or M1C, parachutist's liner w/leather chin cup and correct helmet markings
      • Satchel Charge Bag
      • GP Bag
      • Hawkins Mine
      • Rigger made or extra D-Day Assault Gas Mask Bag


      • Helmet, M1 or M1C, parachutist's liner w/leather chin cup and correct helmet markings
      • 2 Medic Satchel Bags
      • Extra Medic Bag
      • Medic Y-yoke harness
      • Belt, Cartridge or Pistol, M1923 or earlier model
      • Canteens, cup and cover, M1942 x2
      • Entrenching tool, M1910 shortened T-Handle, M1943 folding, or M1910 pick mattock

        Weapons Requirements

        The basic impression is that of the Rifleman carrying the MI Garand. Unless you are on a crew served weapon or a member of a specialty team you are a Rifleman, only officers and NCOs carried the Thompson, M1 carbine or Grease gun. We try to limit the the Springfield to one member per squad. Specialty team impressions include: Demo Team, Bazooka Team, Heavy Weapons, Radio Operations, and Scout.


        • M1 Garand Rifle with leather sling (OD sling ok with 43 uniform) *
        • M1A1 Carbine with folding stock
        • M1903 Springfield Rifle
        • M1927, M1 Thompson
        • M3 Grease Gun

        Required Firearms for Impression:

        Rifleman: M1 Garand
        Demo Team: M1 Garand, M1A1 Carbine, Thompson, M3 Grease Gun
        Bazooka Team: M1 Garand, M1A1 Carbine, M1 Thompson, M3 Grease Gun
        Heavy Weapons: M1919 .30 caliberMachine Gun, BAR Gun
        Radio Operations: M1 Garand, M1A1 Carbine
        Scout: M1903 Springfield Rifle

        Note: The .45 pistol was carried by all impression types if they could be acquired.
        All weapons must be tapped and or have blank adaptors attached.
        Carbines must have the M1A1 folding stock, early L flip site, type 1 or 2 barrel band, no bayonet lugs allowed.
        All class 3 weapons must have paperwork. At no time at any event is any live ammo allowed.