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Old April 21, 2013, 09:42 AM   #9
Old Grump
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Official "basic load" was 105 rounds for the M1903AX or M1917 or 88 rounds for the M1 Garand (loaded belt plus a loaded rifle). The M1923 cartridge belt was used through the Korean war and by the NG and other services using the Garand. In addition 2 grenades and if the squad had a BAR every man was supposed to carry 2 loaded magazines.

When the feet hit the dirt that official plan like all plans was revised as necessary according to situation and supplies.
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