Just prior to World War II , ponchos were significantly improved during testing with the . Army Jungle Experimental Platoon in the jungles of Panama , incorporating new, lighter materials and a drawcord hood that could be closed off to form a rain fly or ground sheet.  Ponchos were widely used by United States armed forces during World War II; even lightly equipped foot-mounted forces such as Merrill's Marauders , forced to discard tentage and all other unnecessary equipment, retained their blanket and poncho.  During the 1950s, new lightweight coated nylon and other synthetic materials were developed for military ponchos. The poncho has remained in service ever since as a standard piece of . military field equipment.  Today, the United States armed forces issue ponchos that may be used as a field expedient shelter. These garments are also used by hunters , campers , and rescue workers.
Utah beach still reveals its secrets (left) .
On the left hand side is a scrunched up section of a rubberised raincoat and the shoulder loop with button, three parachute buckles one with spring clip, toothbrush, small bottle for water purification tablets. Small buckles and clips off webbing. A silver foil coffee sachet, and a piece of shaped wood possibly from a ship or landing craft. The spring at the bottom is similar to the return spring of a Jeep carburettor.
Omaha beach (right) revealed a surprise. You wouldn't expect to find over five hundred rounds of British 303 ammunition..... Also the side from a telephone wire reel, in the centre a metal handle off a canteen cup, a small round tin of pear jam this was in excellent condition full paintwork ingredients no corrosion. A large chain possibly used for lowering DUKW's and landing craft into the water from ships. The large metal object opened like a banana skin we had no idea but found about twenty or so of them, all identical it was a tube there was no base in it.
Thanks to Ken Lewis for photographs of the finds.