Please, help me indentify this unit

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Please, help me indentify this unit

Post by lechon » 22 Jun 2011 17:17

Hi!
Could someone help me indentify the unit of the guy in the pic?

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Also, any guidance about reference material on the specific uniform he wears would be greatly appreciated :milwink:

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Fernando

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Re: Please, help me indentify this unit

Post by Simperator » 22 Jun 2011 19:05

Hi Fernando,

I'm no specialist about American uniforms, but the boots and the m1 with folding stock give strong hints that he is a paratrooper, so he would be a member of one of the American airborne units.

Here something about the uniform:
http://militariana.com/us-ww2-airborne-uniform/

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Simon

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Re: Please, help me indentify this unit

Post by SIGGY » 02 Aug 2012 06:58

Try the 82nd Airborne and or 101st Airborne sites , I think they could help .
Johnny
The folding stock rifle is usually carried by airborne types .

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Re: Please, help me indentify this unit

Post by John G. » 02 Aug 2012 13:14

Definately Airborne....he has Jump boots, Jump Pants & "Jump Jacket", special Paratroop equipment "Shoulder straps" with pads, folding Stock Carbine, and flag shoulder patch.... he's definately 100% paratrooper.....

No way to distingush any particular unit...
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Re: Please, help me indentify this unit

Post by Empiricist » 30 Apr 2023 20:22

lechon wrote:
22 Jun 2011 17:17
Hi!
Could someone help me indentify the unit of the guy in the pic?

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Also, any guidance about reference material on the specific uniform he wears would be greatly appreciated :milwink:

Regards
Fernando
This serviceman most likely is a para of the US 17th Abn. during Operation Varsity or a period after. He has a helmet the most typical for Varsity -- fixed bale and with a cord around the net. He wears the Coat, Parachute Jumper P.Q.D. No. 114 (incorrectly called by collectors and reenactors "M1942"). Majority of the 17th paras jumped behind the Rhine with M1943 Field Jackets but not all of them. Big number of the 17th paras still jumped then with the P.Q.D. No. 114s. He also has M1910 E-Tool shortened a little in a manner typical for the US WWII era paras.

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Re: Please, help me indentify this unit

Post by LineDoggie » 14 May 2023 10:13

The Photo of the US para was taken by Robert Capa in Normandy ( St. Sauveur le Vicomte ) during June 1944.
"There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are dead and those who are going to die. Now let’s get the hell out of here".
Col. George Taylor, 16th Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach

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Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 14 May 2023 11:28


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Re: Please, help me indentify this unit

Post by Empiricist » 14 May 2023 18:14

Thanks for correction.

I just find it interesting that Michel De Trez did not publish this nice photo in his "At The Point of No Return" album.

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