Squaddie fashions - Out of style.

#1
What don't we see anymore, what was yesterdays combat chic is todays warzone faux-pas. I'm going to start us off with Zips In Boots.
I spent the entire GW 1 with zips in my boots. They were bast**ds to do up and the zipper rattles rather un-tactically and more to the point made me look a prat. I don't know why I bothered. What else used to be common place but now is rarely seen?
 
#2
The windproof smock - jungle trousers combo.

msr
 
#3
Very old skool :lol: . Those helly hansen double pile jackets now softie
buffalo seems more popular No one seems to buy their own bergans anymore. Desert boots for pub use .havent seen anyone in the naffi in jeans helly hansen desert boots for years ok it was an old sweat/nco combination when even i joined but lots of us used too have a combination like that for drinking in the naffi even if we would think twice about going down town
looking like that :lol: Probably as dessie boots squish up every one got jeans and already owns wearing helly hansen .Black norgies ,fingerless ni gloves,
Oh and the mark of the cadet /recruit camoflage nylon wallet havent
seen one for ages what was i thinking :roll: .
 
#4
I saved my OTC pay to buy a NI Jacket ( better than the DPM crisp packet and great on range days in Barry Budon) used it when in the OTC but was definitely out of fashion by the time I joined the Regs 2 years later still in the loft unused for 15 years.
 
#5
Sewn in creases. Great on lightweights.
 
#6
Roll pin belts on your webbing...

bits of sock as poor para smock type cuffs...

tailored combat jackets .... the mark of a true REMF...
 
#7
Just a few first thing Monday morning...

1. American field dressing pouches on the webbing.
2. SUIT Sight pouches.
3. Cutting the sleeves of your shirts off.
4. Scrim Scarf on the helmet (Except Airborne)
 
#8
Sling extenders for the SLR...58 webbing consisting of left & right pouches, four (or five if a berganbelly) waterbottle pouches and a converted 44 pattern ammo pouch for the 349...and yes, shortfuse, those roll-pin belts were the canine cohones! :D
 
#9
Speedy said:
What don't we see anymore, what was yesterdays combat chic is todays warzone faux-pas. I'm going to start us off with Zips In Boots.
I spent the entire GW 1 with zips in my boots. They were bast**ds to do up and the zipper rattles rather un-tactically and more to the point made me look a prat. I don't know why I bothered. What else used to be common place but now is rarely seen?
Oddly enough I wonder if it was the sight of yes.. zippits on enemy boots lying in the desert, with or without former owner, which put some people off using them thereafter.
 
#10
I remember seeing some bloke trying to do the Nijmegen marches wearing a part of Zippits.

Didn't seem to last the day as I remember!
 
#11
Zippits were hideous , as if they weren't bad enough i saw a RCT driver with a pair in , and to be extra warry , he'd put a grenade ring in the top of each zip , he looked like a f**king glam rock star. :D
 
#12
Here is another thing I remember -

Issue crap hat shaped in a way that made I look like a Africa Korps hat!

Finished off with a scrim scarf cravat!
 
#13
Privately bought bergens with 58 webbing - WHY???? They weren't compatible - your £120 bergen spent the whole time at a 40 degree angle across your back - crazy.

In Cyprus - lightweights cut down to shorts. The Sappers used these on duty, some of them shorts were a little too short, and a little too tight, and looked like their owners were cruising for Scandanavian tourists. Svens, not Ingas.
 
#14
Steamywindow said:
Privately bought bergens with 58 webbing - WHY???? They weren't compatible - your £120 bergen spent the whole time at a 40 degree angle across your back - crazy.

In Cyprus - lightweights cut down to shorts. The Sappers used these on duty, some of them shorts were a little too short, and a little too tight, and looked like their owners were cruising for Scandanavian tourists. Svens, not Ingas.
what ... they took shovels on guard !!!
 
#15
shortfuse said:
Zippits were hideous , as if they weren't bad enough i saw a RCT driver with a pair in , and to be extra warry , he'd put a grenade ring in the top of each zip , he looked like a f**king glam rock star. :D
That may have been me. As I said. I looked a prat. Lesson learnt.
 
#16
In Cyprus - lightweights cut down to shorts. The Sappers used these on duty, some of them shorts were a little too short, and a little too tight, and looked like their owners were cruising for Scandanavian tourists. Svens, not Ingas.
This was the working dress in Belize too. Amazingly comfortable and tan-tastic.



Tropical working dress as it should be.
 
#17
speedy , you are forgiven.

what about socks rolled down over your hi leg boots to look like green putees....... gay as f-uck.

number two shirts with denims .... again the domain of the "excused KF shirts" and REMF's.
 
#18
shortfuse said:
Steamywindow said:
Privately bought bergens with 58 webbing - WHY???? They weren't compatible - your £120 bergen spent the whole time at a 40 degree angle across your back - crazy.

In Cyprus - lightweights cut down to shorts. The Sappers used these on duty, some of them shorts were a little too short, and a little too tight, and looked like their owners were cruising for Scandanavian tourists. Svens, not Ingas.
what ... they took shovels on guard !!!
shovels in cyprus sure that wasnt the crap jackets!!!!
 
#19
Steamywindow said:
In Cyprus - lightweights cut down to shorts. The Sappers used these on duty, some of them shorts were a little too short, and a little too tight, and looked like their owners were cruising for Scandanavian tourists. Svens, not Ingas.
There's nothing new under the sun - or too old, for that matter - the khaki serge service dress trousers were often cut down to (knee length, admittedly) shorts in the summer in France in the latter part of WW1.

I still have two furry green HH fleeces, different sizes, originally for wear one on top of the other when watchkeeping. They are jolly good if you are long in the body, like me.
 

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