We are looking at setting up a display covering the middle part of the Cold War period, from around 1960 to 1970. Most people thinking of that period will talk about the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vulcan bombers and Polaris boats, the Czech Prague Spring and Superpower rivalry & so on but forget the large number of boots on the ground in Germany holding the line and deterring Warsaw Pact aggression . It looks like an interesting time with a lot of major changes to uniforms and equipment taking place and we think that it would be good to show the changes & advances made over that time, from Battledress, Lee-Enfield & Bren with 37 Ptn webbing at the end of the 1950's through the green 1960 Ptn clothing and on to DPM clothing with SLR/GPMG & 58 Ptn webbing in use by 1970. Can anyone provide us with some information on when various things came into widespread use so that we can work out what would or would not have been seen together in the middle of the decade (as we do not want to get things badly wrong!). We are particularly interested in the approximate dates that the following would have been introduced into use in a typical infantry battalion in Germany: 1960 Ptn Smock & Trousers (the olive green predecessor to 1968 DPM kit) 1958 Ptn webbing SLR & GPMG Sterling SMG We would also like to know if most units changed to the GPMG at the same time as the change to the SLR or was the L4 (7.62 mm version of the Bren) brought in first with the GPMG following later? We would also like to know when the NBC suit was introduced, when the Mk 2 version ( with the attached hood) was introduced and when that was replaced with the Mk 3 version (with the overall green cloth finish) and when the S6 respirator was first issued. Any recollections would be appreciated, either of the dates kit was changed over or as to what clothing and weapons were used together at the same time with an indication of the units concerned would be very much appreciated.