The G.I. Collector's Guide: U.S. Army Service Forces Catalog, European Theater of Operations

Volume 1

Henri-Paul Enjames

A sumptuously illustrated encyclopedia of the uniforms and equipment assigned to US soldiers serving in Europe 1943-45.
Date Published :
September 2022
Publisher :
Series :
G.I. Collector's Guide
Illustration :
Fully illustrated
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636242019
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 12 X 9 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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In World War II, the U.S. Army not only supplied its soldiers with the most modern equipment and uniforms, suitable for any combat situation, but went as far as providing them with their favorite drinks or candy bars, and seemingly anything else they might require.

This comprehensive reference book brings together all the equipment issued to American soldiers in the European Theater of Operations, 1943–45. Each item is presented with its catalog numbers, described in detail and fully depicted in photographs, including close-ups of the labels to aid identification of items. Graphics and diagrams offer additional information and context. There are chapters on everything from uniform, insignia, and small arms issued to the individual, through crew-served weapons, rations, tents, to sports and recreation equipment. There is full coverage of the specialist items issued to Airborne, Armored, and Mountain troops, engineers, signallers, Military Police, medics, chaplains and female personnel. From the chewing gum included in K rations through to artillery-laying equipment, mess trays to portable altars and field harmoniums, this photographic reference gives a unique insight into the world of the U.S. Army in World War II.

As a complete catalog with high-quality photographs, this book is invaluable to both family historians researching grandpa's kit found in the attic and to collectors in their quest to find authentic items among the reproductions that flood the modern market.

About The Author

Henri-Paul Enjames has always been interested in French history, with a particular emphasis on World War II. He started collecting World War II memorabilia in the early 1980s, and concentrated on acquiring items in the best possible condition. This spectacular collection enabled him to write this definitive illustrated guide to World War II G.I. uniform and equipment.


Introduction: The United States Army
1. Insignia and Decorations
2. Uniforms
3. Individual Equipment
4. Small Arms and Crew-Served Light Weapons
5. Tentage, Sleeping and Bivouac Equipment
6. Armored Troops
7. Airborne Troops
8. Mountain Troops
9. Female Personnel
10. Military Police
11. Army Rations
12. The Corps of Engineers
13. The Signal Corps
14. Chemical Warfare
15. The Medical Department
16. Army Chaplains
17. Army Publications and Other Printed Material
18. Sports and Recreation
19. Personal Items
20. Trophies and Souvenirs


"​Very highly recommended."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"An incredible collection of photos...The amount of time it must have taken to assemble and photograph everything is likewise incalculable."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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