In the vein of lesser know airborne here are some 517th PRCT photos. The 517th PIR was detached from the 17th Airborne Division and paired up with the 460th artillery and 596th engineers to form the independent 517th PRCT. They first saw action on Italy in 1944 then took part on Operation Dragoon. The southern France Campaign and then the Battle of the Bulge before finally being attached to the 13th Airborne Division. A very interesting unit worthy of research. They had unique helmet suspension set ups and would often sew the pockets of the jump trousers on to regular wool trousers. Other interesting things is the photos are the pistol grip Thompson, the regular stocked carbine, the camouflaged Garands and a trooper sporting that 3 knives. In pictures of the troopers loading up for dragoon you’ll see a lot of them wearing P38 holsters. Apparently they captured a supply of them so helped themselves to some extra sidearms. It’s a pretty deep rabbit hole of personal photos at the 517prct.org website so make sure you check them out. And the M1 Pencil blog does some outstandingly well researched posts so make sure to dig around in there too. I think there are a total of 3 posts on the 517th gear alone.