Origins of slinging

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  1. on_the_wallop

    on_the_wallop Swinger

    I have heard Line Regiments called Hats, and others called Crap Hats. What is the origin of these words, as assume they come from Para Reg due to them slinging on others. Funny though. Not a wah :D
  2. scarletto

    scarletto LE

    ummm something to do with headdress, might be a small clue
  3. smudge67


    bore off
  4. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    Being a kind soul & you not being able to use the internet I'll help:
  5. EX_STAB


    in the '80s the peaked DPM field caps were worn by Para recruits before they won their Red Berets. These were known as "crap hats" (although actually they were quite a good field cap!)


    By extension, Paras referred to anyone who hadn't passed as a para as a "crap hat" even though hardly anyone in the rest of the army ever wore them.
    "hat" is just short for "crap hat"

    I'm sure some old Para can correct me if the term dates back much further than this.
  6. scarletto

    scarletto LE

    8O i must admit i thought they were crap!
  7. midnight

    midnight LE

    Ditto..........they were really crap! :evil:
  8. pupgreen

    pupgreen LE

    i loved my combat cap.. used to think i looked like an ss panzer soldier in it,, with the black coveralls..walting was fun back in the 70s....
  9. scarletto

    scarletto LE

    Ahh so thats why we were in the Hitler Youth back then, happy days, but still they were crap hats!
  10. EX_STAB


    I used to wear mine under my steel helmet - the peak kept the rain off my specs!
  11. on_the_wallop

    on_the_wallop Swinger

    All that effort to post 'bore off' So you don't know either eh? Maybe we'll learn together mate.
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