We were trained on the 36 Mills grenade in 1973. Remember having to clean off the grease before fitting the detonator assembly. Halfway through basic, we were given the short conversion course to the L2 grenade....no grease to clean off!
As Infantry recruits we wore 38 pattern anklets, polished not blancoed, and in barracks, for drill lessons, parades and guard duties, 38 pattern belt, polished and brassoed. 58 pattern kit for SAA and field training. On arriving at the Bn, handed in 38 pat belt and anklets in return for scabby green nylon belt and puttees.
Another memory. Black canvas 'daps' had to be bulled up. Combat suits had just been issued in DPM, they were lined and reinforced at the seat and knees. Heavy as hell when wet, but warm.
I'd do my 22 all over again.....if I wasn't earning the salary I'm on now!
At long last, a place where I can feel like a sprog.
Wore puttees? No but they had to be better than BCH. Three months' hobbling around like a cripple before I could finally get a biff chit telling the CQ not to issue me them no matter how many size 12s he had to get rid of.
Fought with shrinking '58 pattern webbing? For a given value of 'fought', yes. Boredom fro one thing, water bottle into and out of pouch for another.
Used a real rifle (SLR)? Oh, yes. And played 'hunt the gas plug' while cleaning it on the back of a Beddycopter on the way back from ranges.
Pull up a Werthers Original and tell me a tale of days of yore.
Used 38 pattern webbing at JL's, puttees, SLR, SMG, shot a webley (but missed the officer), threw a mills bomb, wore a tin hat and detachable hood on my combats, ate spangles and used to love my itchy shirt.