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What was some of the basic equipment an american soldier would have during ww2? Roughly how long would it take to train a soldier and would they train in the U.S or in Britain?

Dear Nathan,
         I apologize for not getting back to you sooner but I've been on active duty for training and I just got back to my home on 24 May 2016. Here is the answer to your question:

*.30 Caliber M1903 Springfield Bolt Action Rifle
*.30 Caliber M1 Garand Semi-Automatic Rifle
*M1 Grenade Launcher
*M7 Grenade Launcher
*M1928 Haversack
*M1910 Entrenching Tool
*M1905 Bayonet
*M1910 Scabbard
*M1923 Dismounted Cartridge Belt
*M1924 First Aid Pouch
*M1910 Canteen
*.45 Caliber M1911A1 Colt Pistol
*M1937 BAR Belt

A good reference with photographs, illustrations, and drawings is Osprey's WORLD WAR II U.S. ARMY COMBAT EQUIPMENTS by Gordon L. Rottman which was published this year. May God Bless-Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard

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