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Life of an American Soldier in WW2

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Steven Deep

on 7 February 2013

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Transcript of Life of an American Soldier in WW2

Life of an American Soldier Soldiers - By British standards, "crude, crass, and lacking in finesse"
- Only trained for 8 weeks then shipped out
- Long hours of hard, tedious, and boring physical labor Food - Given a diet of "D" and "K" rations that were just calories and carbohydrates to keep them moving (tasted like cat food)
- Water was treated with iodine or halezone tablets to kill the bugs, still tasted great to those who were deprived
- There was french wine and dutch beer available if they were storming through Europe Equipment - Issue uniforms hot in summer, cold in winter, and took a long time to dry
- M1 one-pound steel helmets, worked as a wash basin, a cooking pot, an entrenching tool, a blunt weapon, and even a toilet
- 3 main weapons - M1 Garand, Thompson SMG, and the Browning automatic rifle
- MK II "Frag" Grenade
- A shovel and a canteen Firefights - Daylight was used mostly to cover ground, operations were run at night
- Sleep became a precious thing
- Two types of engagements - Seeing the enemy during a march or assaulting a fortified position Work Cited Dye, Dale. BBC - History - World Wars: GI Joe: US Soldiers of World War Two. BBC, 17 Feb. 2011. Web. 5 Feb. 2013. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/us_soldiers_01.shtml>.

World War 2. World-War-2.info, 2013. Web. 5 Feb. 2013.
<http://www.world-war-2.info/> Thompson SMG
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