How many rounds did US Army infantry carry on a beach landing? One belt of 10, 8 round clips? two belts? How many grenades?

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    Welcome to the site. This is a nice question but is a little over broad. Which time period are you talking about and which theatres of war? Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 7:43
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    I'm guessing this question about D-day invasions, is that correct?
    – Ryathal
    Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 14:21
  • And which exact landing, which unit? A UDT trooper would carry less as he'd not be expected to be there long, and was carrying other things (like demolition charges). An infantryman storming a beach would carry another load from a mortar crewman who'd also be carrying other equipment. A medic carries something else again. From speaking with friends who've been soldiers in different eras, most seem to carry a load of no more than 100 rounds, and often less, as a general rule of thumb throughout the decades. So 10 clips sounds reasonable as an upper limit.
    – jwenting
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 9:17

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The basic low-level tactical infantry unit in World War II was the Rifle Squad, and it is more valuable to think in terms of the ammunition carried by such a squad. The typical (rifle and pistol) rounds carried by a Rifle Squad of 8-10 men is there listed as 1500-1600 rounds, which is 150-200 rounds per man.

  • how about grenades?
    – Louis Rhys
    Commented Feb 2, 2014 at 9:35

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