Shorts and puttees?

#1
Wondering? I spent 25 yrs in army AND watched all the films. served in middle east and far east. We all wore shorts and socks. Ready for flak but why have we stopped showing our legs? Used to really impress the locals white burnt flea bitten shins but we looked the dogs.Chndits and Batt troop dun it.And the Rats.Why not now?Just askin.Discuss??
 
#2
Yep. Shorts with socks and shoes or shorts with boots and hosetops/puttees. Hence the expression "getting your knees brown" which were the only things that did.
 
#6
edible-paper-clips said:
Remember 'Road slappers' white plimpsols.
My bleedin knees do
 

basso

War Hero
#7
Most of the time in the tropics, we wore boots with socks rolled down to the top of the boot. However, when more formally dressed we wore boots, hose tops and puttees with a little kind of flash worn under the turn down of the hose top. They were generally in regimental or corps colours.
Does anyone remember what they were called?

Getting your knees brown. Remember the lads coming out from the UK completely white and in complete contrast to the tan that those of us that had been out there for two or three years had.
I have a photograph taken of myself on my first day in the Caribbean sitting with my troop NCOs who were about to be posted back to Blighty after three years out there. I was known for a while as 'milk bottle'
 
#8
tropper66 said:
edible-paper-clips said:
Remember 'Road slappers' white plimpsols.
My bleedin knees do
red pt vest with the v neck stretched down to your belly button & stanley matthews style blue pt shorts.

what a fecking state we must have looked.
 
#9
A_Knocker_Till_The_End said:
tropper66 said:
edible-paper-clips said:
Remember 'Road slappers' white plimpsols.
My bleedin knees do
red pt vest with the v neck stretched down to your belly button & stanley matthews style blue pt shorts.

what a fecking state we must have looked.
Indeed, but that's how empires were built! PT shorts did have their uses though.
 

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#10
mexe205 said:
Wondering? I spent 25 yrs in army AND watched all the films. served in middle east and far east. We all wore shorts and socks. Ready for flak but why have we stopped showing our legs? Used to really impress the locals white burnt flea bitten shins but we looked the dogs.Chndits and Batt troop dun it.And the Rats. Why not now?Just askin.Discuss??
Because of Global warming, its too fooking cold and wet! Still trying to work that one out though!!
 
#11
edible-paper-clips said:
Remember 'Road slappers' white plimpsols.
In JLR RAC we where issued them and then made to polish the bleedin things black, everthing had to be polished to a patent leather shine. We must have used about 3/4s of the total production of Kiwi. everthing ,webbing, PT shoes ect all bulled to fukc
 
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A_Knocker_Till_The_End said:
tropper66 said:
edible-paper-clips said:
Remember 'Road slappers' white plimpsols.
My bleedin knees do
red pt vest with the v neck stretched down to your belly button & stanley matthews style blue pt shorts.

what a fecking state we must have looked.
Oh happy days. The Friday morning workshop runs in the hills around Minden. The local must have pi**ed themselves.
 
#15
basso said:
Most of the time in the tropics, we wore boots with socks rolled down to the top of the boot. However, when more formally dressed we wore boots, hose tops and puttees with a little kind of flash worn under the turn down of the hose top. They were generally in regimental or corps colours.
Does anyone remember what they were called?


Getting your knees brown. Remember the lads coming out from the UK completely white and in complete contrast to the tan that those of us that had been out there for two or three years had.
I have a photograph taken of myself on my first day in the Caribbean sitting with my troop NCOs who were about to be posted back to Blighty after three years out there. I was known for a while as 'milk bottle'
Garter tags or flashes.
eg:
http://www.scotchcorner.com/flashes-pics1.html
 
#16
basso said:
Most of the time in the tropics, we wore boots with socks rolled down to the top of the boot. However, when more formally dressed we wore boots, hose tops and puttees with a little kind of flash worn under the turn down of the hose top. They were generally in regimental or corps colours.
Does anyone remember what they were called?
Can't be sure after all this time, but garter flashes has a familiar ring.

Althouth the hosetops themselves were universally known as hosetops, I seem to recall their delightful(?) 1157 name was 'Stockings, Footless'.

There were so many varieties of hosetops based on regimental colours, the infantry usually had the long (calf bit) kharki but the turn-down bit in regimental colours, the jock regiments being tartan for example.

I wouldn't be surprised if someone, somewhere out there, is collecting them. I remember our medic was so embarrassed about the RAMC maroon hostops he got hold of a neutral kharki set and wore those.
 

seaweed

LE
Book Reviewer
#18
B Coy detachment, 1st Manchesters, Coronation Day 1937, Cyprus:

 
#19
Tawahi-50 said:
basso said:
Most of the time in the tropics, we wore boots with socks rolled down to the top of the boot. However, when more formally dressed we wore boots, hose tops and puttees with a little kind of flash worn under the turn down of the hose top. They were generally in regimental or corps colours.
Does anyone remember what they were called?
Can't be sure after all this time, but garter flashes has a familiar ring.

Althouth the hosetops themselves were universally known as hosetops, I seem to recall their delightful(?) 1157 name was 'Stockings, Footless'.

There were so many varieties of hosetops based on regimental colours, the infantry usually had the long (calf bit) kharki but the turn-down bit in regimental colours, the jock regiments being tartan for example.

I wouldn't be surprised if someone, somewhere out there, is collecting them. I remember our medic was so embarrassed about the RAMC maroon hostops he got hold of a neutral kharki set and wore those.

The truckies hosetops were Blue,and looked fairly good,once the knees were brown,but tended to make white knees look whiter. :roll:
 

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