UNIFORM AS WORN ON D-DAY JUNE 6, 1944
BY 5th ENGINEER SPECIAL BRIGADE
Rickenbach, Jr. was wearing this uniform (less the weapons) plus the kit,
armband, and other markings of medical personnel.
U.S. Army Engineer Special Brigade Uniform
Omaha Beach, Normandy France 1944
The Engineer Special Brigades or ESBs were organized in England from
existing Engineer Combat Groups to support the landings and subsequent supply
operations over Omaha Beach during the Normandy Landings. The ESB Engineers
found themselves helping out the assault troops in the early fighting for Omaha
Beach. The uniform set shown above is from the 5th or 6th ESB unit that fought
in the DOG and CHARLIE sector of Omaha Beach Normandy. The M-1 flex bail helmet
has the 5th/6th ESB white arc painted over the ESB insignia. A black rubber M-5
Assault gas mask is suspended from the soldiers neck. This soldier wears a
Flannel OD issue shirt under his M-1941 Field Jacket. His M-1928 khaki Haversack
supports a M-1923 M1 Garand Cartridge Belt, M-1916 Pistol Holster with M-1911
.45 cal. Pistol, three M-1 Fragmentation Hand Grenades and One CN-DM Gas Hand
Grenade. Around the waist of this soldier is the USN made Duel Type Invasion
Life Belt. Additionally this soldier carries two spare bandoleers for 8 clips of
.30-06 M1 Rifle ammunition.
Reverse view of the ESB uniform showing a white horizontal band on the rear
of the M-1 Helmet for NCO’s (Non Commissioned Officers). The reverse of the
M-1923 Haversack shows the M-1 Bayonet with M-7 Scabbard on the left side,
M-1910 Entrenching Tool with carrier and stowed M-1942 Mess Kit. Suspended from
this soldiers M-1923 Cartridge Belt is a M-1910 Canteen and a M-1942 First Aid
Kit. On the left side of the ESB uniform is a bag that contains Demolition Chain
Blocks of M-1 High Explosive.
Close up shot of the ESB uniform with the Demolition Bag being show.
Close up shot of the ESB insignia worn on the left shoulder.