Barbara - This is not official and I hope some on who was there will really comment. BUT - Some of it would depend on what kind of soldier the man was. A walking infantry man probably had a different way of taking his things than a tank man of pilot for instance. I was told by one who was a Tank destroyer man that the officers left their personal things and dress clothes in a foot locker in England where they had been stationed before going to Normandy. When the war in Europe was over the pretty dress items and other belongings were sent to the place where they were then atationed training to go to Japan and/or doing sort of military governament things.
During battle times - most of the time they had only the barest necessities which were rolled in a bed roll. It might or might not have contained private pictures, etc tho they were not encouraged to carry any thing that could tell who they were or where they were from for fear of capture. The bed rolls of men who rode in tanks, etc were fastened to the sides of the tanks. They sometimes were so shot up they were not usable.The rest had theirs carried in big trucks which were not always near. But when fighting the men often did not sleep as we think of sleeping. Days and nights got all mixed up and the men exhausted as well as hungry, cold, thirsty and dirty. They were encouaged to shave and have hair cuts for sanitary reasons regarding insects and possibilty of head wounds becoming infected. Hope this helps. Mary