AS noted on our home page, the primary impression of the 5th RCT (LHA) is a squad of
infantrymen of the 5th RCT, primarily in the July, 1950 to August, 1951 period. Our members are free to interpret the
5th RCT with late war kit, including armored vests, shoulder sleeve insignias (per historical use), etc. The primary uniform
items required are standard herringbone twill (HBT) fatigues, and M1943 winter field uniform items. Recruits should contact
us before purchasing or utilizing items they feel are questionable. Just because it says "Korean War" or "M1951" on its Ebay
listing does not mean it was used by US troops in the conflict. The following items are required for a basic impression:
US WWII M1 Helmet Assembly, with or without chin strap adapter.
US HBT field cap or M1943 or M1951 Pile field cap.
US HBT Jacket (any pattern; viz/ M1941, late WWII, or M1945).
US HBT Trousers (any pattern; M1941, bag pocket, or M1945).
US M1943 Combat Boots.
US M1948 Russet Combat Boots (similar to WWII Jump Boots, and occasionally privately purchased by 5th RCT personnel.)
US Army WWII/Korea socks, underwear, t-shirts.
Optional clothing items; for cold weather:
US Army M1943 Field Jacket & Field Trousers.
US Army M1943 Field Jacket Hood.
US M1951 Parka and hood.
US Army WWII winter overshoes.
US M1910 or M1923 Dismounted Cartridge Belt.
US First Aid Dressing Pouch.
US Plastic Capped, steel canteen, with canteen cover.
US M1944 Cartridge Belt Suspenders.
US M1943 Entrenching tool & cover.
US M1945 Combat Field Pack.
US WWII era Blanket.
US M1 Garand Rifle, cal. .30. (w/ bayonet)
US M1 Carbine, cal. .30. (w/ bayonet)
US M2 Carbine, cal. 30. (w/ bayonet)
US M1911A1 Colt Pistol, cal. .45.
US 2.35 or 3.5 inch bazooka.
US 60 or 81 mm mortar.
US M1919A4 (or M1919A6) Light Machine Gun.
US M1917 Water cooled Machine Gun.
US M1918A1 B.A.R.
Notice: For those truly interested in accurate interpretation of US Army personnel in Korea, we
recommend you procure a copy of Shelby Stanton's US Army Uniforms of the Korean War published by Stackpole