Last item of World War Two equipment in service with British Forces

Millbank water filter bag. Made from 1945 to 1989 (per IWM, which has no image available.) Issued for filtering sediment and particulates from ground water or local streams, to be used in conjunction with sterilizer tabs. Looked something like this, which was issued to an Australian Vietnam veteran:



As issued to
Private R J Barry, 6 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

The bag was to be soaked in the water intended for filtration, filled, then hung up somewhere, somehow. When the water level had got past the black line it was considered safe to fill the canteen and once sterilizer tablets had been added, the water was considered safe to drink.
I still use those now. They forever if taken care of and I dont mind boiling the water after.
 
That's like saying a SA80 is not a Sa80 because it has been upgraded ...
Not really, it’s like saying something made totally from scratch in the ‘80s by a different manufacturer wasn’t made 40 years earlier by the original maker:)

With the modern fashion/need to wear gloves the UK SFK is the new kid on the block as its much easier to hold than a 3rd pattern knife.
 
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Got one in the loft somewhere . Had it as a kid . Might be a replica though .
If it’s a Wilkinson Sword knife it would be worth mega bucks, if It’s a J. Nowill knife like the one pictured above it’s worth about £40 in good condition.
 
Centurion AVREs were brought out of retirement for the First Gulf. Got a mate who drove 'em, he recon' s they pissed off the Yanks with their Abrams version. In certain circumstances the Abrams were getting bogged, but the Cents would just keep going.
 
Centurion AVREs were brought out of retirement for the First Gulf. Got a mate who drove 'em, he recon' s they pissed off the Yanks with their Abrams version. In certain circumstances the Abrams were getting bogged, but the Cents would just keep going.
Not brought out of retirement. They were still serving then.

It would have been an M60 back then, too, no?
 
If it’s a Wilkinson Sword knife it would be worth mega bucks, if It’s a J. Nowill knife like the one pictured above it’s worth about £40 in good condition.
Thanks for that , Ill have to dig it out next time Im up there . I suspect the latter or even a replica but cannot remember where I got it from . Had it since early teens so a long time ago .
 

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Not really, it’s like saying something made totally from scratch in the ‘80s by a different manufacturer wasn’t made 40 years earlier by the original maker:)

With the modern fashion/need to wear gloves the UK SFK is the new kid on the block as its much easier to hold than a 3rd pattern knife.
You seem to know about this stuff - I inherited a knife similar to the one pictured, copper coloured solid metal handle, no crossguard. I think it's in the garage.

It's got a tiny crossed (keys?) emblem but no other markings? Probably worth about £4 rather than forty.
 
Striking through the Bren stamping on my 1943 L4 with two lines doesn't stop it having been built as a Bren any more than putting all that stuff on a cent hull and calling it a barv stops it being a cent!
I was trained on the Bren LMG in the late 80s, around the time I did my Basic Signals Skills course at Vimy .

Talking with my Grandad, RE on Bailey bridging unit all through the Italian campaign (after Africa), he went off and found:

1. His notes from the RE Signals course, 1942, almost word for word same as mine,

2. His Bren pamphlets... literally word for word, only changes were nomenclature, calibre, and the drawings didn't have puttees in mine, at least not calf high,

3. Weirdest one, turns out Grandad was in the same room, 1943, as I was near on half a century later on the same course, next bed space along.
 
You seem to know about this stuff - I inherited a knife similar to the one pictured, copper coloured solid metal handle, no crossguard. I think it's in the garage.

It's got a tiny crossed (keys?) emblem but no other markings? Probably worth about £4 rather than forty.
Sounds much like mine
 

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Ah yes,the old tree beater.
We took them into the trees in Kenya and Jamaica,useless things. The DS had kukris,being 'THEM'.
I suppose we can add Khukris to this list, seeing as they have been basically the same for generations now.
 

Fang_Farrier

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Father in Law was a dentist during (Africa, Sicily, Italy, Anzio and Monticello-Casino) WW2. When he died we found his MOD Issue dental kit stuffed in the attic. Got in touch with the Army Dental mob, who didn’t want it as they had more than enough ex-mod dentil kit in stores.
Do you still have it?

Would be interested.
 
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