A friend of mine has sent some links to photographs, mostly AP relating to D-Day.
The first one, despite the caption I believe is just posed, note the lack of extra gear and the slightly bored expressions. But...15 Hawley para rigs?
I'm sure these have been seen before, but it is the first time I've seen them.
The second one looks very real indeed. But what are the first two soldiers wearing on their helmets, it looks like some sort of white scrim patch? Luminous paint for id? Any ideas?
The link is here:
Photos: The 65th Anniversary of D-Day on the Normandy Beaches – - PlogPlog Photo Blog
At the bottom of the linked page, check out the link for the PTO to see US Marines wearing odd helmet nets, covers with nets and rubber bands, and the Army wearing cammo painted pots.