G Co. /120th Infantry Regiment
Living History Unit
Basic Uniform items
G Company is committed to accurately portraying the average American soldier assigned to a line company in the 30th Infantry Division. We painstakingly pour over original photographs in an effort to maintain historical accuracy. Furthermore, we constantly research what uniforms and equipment were issued to American GIs of the time period. If certain uniform nuances were particular to the 30th Infantry Division soldier, we take that into account. Before putting your G Company Impression together, we highly recommend you consult with the Unit Leadership. An accurate impression for this hobby can be expensive, so it is important to acquire the proper, APPROVED items for the Unit and only through our authorized vendors.
required Uniform items
STEEL HELMET, M-1, WW2 COLOR, COMPLETE WITH LINER (fixed or swivel bale with front seam)
Original WW2 shells are recommended but approved reproductions are also authorized.
Helmet net and scrim camouflage is optional, however, please consult with unit leadership before applying net and/or scrim camouflage. In order to maintain 30th ID standards substantiated by historical photographic documentation, only about 25% of the Unit is authorized to have helmet netting and/or scrim camouflage.
M1937 - WOOL SHIRT or M1942 "Special" WOOL SHIRT (with GAS FLAPS)
Standard issue shirt worn by all troops in the Army throughout the War. Made from "mustard" color wool flannel.
The flannel version (100% cotton flannel) of this shirt is also authorized.
M1937 - WOOL TROUSER
or M1942 "Special" WOOL TROUSER (with GAS FLAPS)
Standard issued wool trousers worn by all troops in the Army throughout the War. Made from wool serge cloth in olive drab shade.
These are the primary trousers authorized for our unit. HBT Trousers and M43 Field Trousers are optional and authorized for specific and appropriate events. Please check with Unit Leadership for when the wearing of HBT or M43 trousers are authorized.
CAP, GARRISON, WOOL SERGE
ISSUE or PX STYLE
Standard issued garrison cap with infantry blue piping worn by all infantry troops in the Army throughout the War. Made from the same olive drab shade wool serge cloth as the service coat and wool trousers. The PX - Garrison Cap is also authorized and preferred by not only re-enactors but also WW2 era service men for its improved sharper appearance.
Standard issued trouser belt worn by all infantry troops in the Army throughout the War. Original belts or reproduction belts are authorized. However, reproduction belts must be made with the correct OD#3 webbing with correct WWII type hardware.
Standard issued trouser suspenders worn by all infantry troops in the Army throughout the War. Original or reproduction suspenders are authorized. However, reproduction trouser suspenders must be made with the correct OD#3 webbing.
M1941 - FIELD JACKET
Standard issued field jacket worn by all infantry troops in the Army throughout the War. The M1941 Field Jacket was introduced in 1940 and it was the standard combat uniform for infantry soldiers throughout the war. It was intended to be replaced by the M1943 Field Jacket, but a complete transition was never completed before the end of the war. These jackets were made from a cotton poplin in OD#2 or in a twill fabric in OD#3 and were lined with a thin wool flannel cloth. Reproductions lined with 100% cotton flannel are also authorized.
SERVICE SHOE -
SERVICE SHOE,RUBBER TAPS (Type II) or
SERVICE SHOE, REVERSE UPPER (Type III) or SERVICE SHOE, CAP TOE ROUGH-OUT (Type III)
The three listed boots are all authorized for this Unit. The Service Shoe,Rubber Taps (Type II) were constructed in a russet brown leather. The rough-out version was developed later and found to have superior water resistance because applied shoe grease adhered better to the rough outer surface of the shoe (shoes are worn with M-1938 Leggings, Dismounted.) Combat Service Boots, commonly referred to as Double Buckles are acceptable for late war events.
M1938 - LEGGINGS, CANVAS, DISMOUNTED
M1938 leggings were issued to all Army Infantry Units and were worn in conjunction with Service Shoes until late in the War when they began to be replaced by the Combat Service Boots. Along with the M1 helmet and the M1 Garand rifle, the M1938 dismounted legging was one of the most iconic and recognizable features of the WW2 American GI.
30th INFANTRY DIVISION, UNIT PATCH
This is our divisional unit patch which will be worn on the left shoulder of the M1941 - Field Jacket, the M1943 - Field Jacket, and the M37 - Wool Shirt.
120th INFANTRY REGIMENT, DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA
This is our regimental distinctive unit insignia which may be worn on the front, left corner of the Garrison Cap.
Optional Uniform items
COMBAT JACKET, WINTER (TANKER)
The Winter Combat Jacket was developed in 1941 for issue to crews of armored vehicles. However, these jackets were popular with Infantry men and they "acquired" them whenever possible for the added warmth they provided.
M1943 FIELD JACKET
The M1943 Field Jacket was issued to Infantry soldiers along with the M1943 Field Trousers and was intended to replace the M1941 Field Jacket. They were designed to provide better protection from the elements and the additional pockets allowed soldiers to carry more items on their person. These jackets were not seen worn by the 30th Infantry soldiers until late 1944 and are only authorized for late war events. Please check with Unit Leadership for whether they are authorized for a particular event.