501st Parachute Infantry Marked M3 Trench Knife
The practice of painting a unit designation symbol on helmets was created in England just before the Normandy Invasion in order for a soldier separated from his unit to more easily find his regiment. On occasion these unit symbols may also be found on other pieces of equipment.
Within the 101st Airborne Division: Spades were designated for the 506th Infantry Regiment, Hearts for the 502nd, Diamonds for the 501st, and clubs for the 327th Glider Infantry.
This standard issue Camillus guard marked M3 combat knife shows wear and use though no about or breaks. It is housed in it's original M8 fiber scabbard with the 501st PIR 'diamond' painted on the front. Certainly a unique piece.