A bandoleer was designed to carry extra ammunition for weapons such as the M1 Garand rifle. Made of cotton cloth, each bandoleer had six pockets for extra ammunition magazines. When fully-loaded the bandoleer weighed approximately 3.5 pounds. Most soldiers were issued two bandoleers, and they were worn diagonally across the chest.
During the defense of Ramelle, Private Ryan runs out of ammunition for his M1 Garand and cries out for an extra bandoleer.