The Things They Carried

In the list of all the things the soldiers carried, what item was most surprising? Which item did you find most evocative of the war? What items stay with you?

It's in chapter 1.

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The items that stay with me are the weaponry.... the heavy burden of war itself. I also find these the most evocative. Laughably, things like condoms and silk stockings also stand out in my mind.