The Battlefield Catwalk

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When I were a lad (early 2000's) we got issued shíte gear, it was that simple. We cut about in assault boots, those temperate field jackets with the epaulettes on the shoulders, and turtleback bergens. To that end, we just had to buy kit if you wanted to be more comfortable and not look a complete nugget on exercise. There was a thriving market in kit that would up-ally you for a few sheckles. Top of the list to be seen in was a pair of jungle boots, Lowa hi-leg or the gold standard Danner or Matterhorn. A windproof SAS smock with taped buttons was fairly high on the list and a decent pair of tropical combats would make even the sweatiest Recy Mech swoon. Peak stoves, Hippo belts, chest rigs and COP vests were all must-haves. My questions are firstly, what were the must-haves when you old dogs were serving and secondly, what makes you ally nowadays?
 
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1950s issue nice thick winter parka (olive green) which was lined with faux fur all the way down to the dangly arse flap which was very nice when sitting in the panzer in winter:) I also remember when Norwegian shirts were considered as a Gucci must have vs shirt hairy KF - 'small' sleeping bags, bivvi bags, tank suits and shemaghs were also pretty cool in their time! - even as a fat civvy I think the thing I miss most is a decent and comfy pair of cotton lightweight trousers just for knocking about in - the ones you get on the market now are cheapo plastic things
 
#3
Combat Fashion, the strange world where sewing some socks onto the sleeves of your jacket makes you the military equivalent of Gianni Versace.
 

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When I were a lad (early 2000's) we got issued shíte gear, it was that simple. We cut about in assault boots, those temperate field jackets with the epaulettes on the shoulders, and turtleback bergens. To that end, we just had to buy kit if you wanted to be more comfortable and not look a complete nugget on exercise. There was a thriving market in kit that would up-ally you for a few sheckles. Top of the list to be seen in was a pair of jungle boots, Lowa hi-leg or the gold standard Danner or Matterhorn. A windproof SAS smock with taped buttons was fairly high on the list and a decent pair of tropical combats would make even the sweatiest Recy Mech swoon. Peak stoves, Hippo belts, chest rigs and COP vests were all must-haves. My questions are firstly, what were the must-haves when you old dogs were serving and secondly, what makes you ally nowadays?
Beer! And more beer. No wasting of the few DMs we got on crap kit just to look ally.
 
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BD !!! Close thread.
 
#9
Combat Fashion, the strange world where sewing some socks onto the sleeves of your jacket makes you the military equivalent of Gianni Versace.
Overheard on a div ex many years ago....

"Sir can we wear our para smocks now?"

On receiving "yes" out comes the shitty combat jackets with green army socks on end of the sleeves. Farking critters.
 
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Three quarter length greatcoat and sheepskin lined Bundeswehr Panzerstiefel tank crewman's jackboots.
 

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#12
What - along with the black overalls, how very Ardennes!
Wash your mouth out! Black overalls indeed! Heaven forfend! Green overalls for cavalry, don't you know?

Edit. Besides, I was Command Troop. Only drivers wore overalls in Command Troop. Everybody else wore combat jacket and lightweights. Even as a rebro Ferret driver, I avoided overalls if possible. Overalls are for dirty people, not for socialising with the grown-ups in the back of the Saracen/Sultan.
 
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old_fat_and_hairy

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Battledress, shirts hairy, and 37 pattern webbing. Complete with the wool covered water bottle. Boy, did we look snazzy!
Edited to add; we must not forget those wonderfully stylish green denim outfits that were worn when b/d not appropriate.
 
#16
Had a lad with us in the RRW.
transferred from a different unit, all the gear, Danner boots, tropicals, SAS windproof, Gucci webbing, Para bergan etc..

Did him a fat lot of good when he was Casevaced off Sennybridge in February suffering from hypothermia.
Tropical kit plus windproof smock is far from suitable attire when on a recce patrol in a cold Welsh Winter.
 
#17
Their location crash-outs must have been quite interesting to observe.
A combat jacket or Barbour sorted out that issue quite nicely.
Some locations were quite Imperial. The Welsh Guards BHQ during a Div Ex (granted some years before BAOR became all serious) was apparently quite stunning with silver and a tablecloth. The white square showed up very nicely on a recce photo although the BHQ vehicles and slit trenches were impeccable cammed up!
 
#18
Had a job once to take a trio of officers from the Yeomanry on a recce. When they arrived at the aircraft they were all wearing Dennison Smocks which I thought a bit odd as this was 1995 and I had exchanged my Dennison for a DPM smock before I left 3PARA around 1978!

Anywho, during the flight a asked them what the score was with the smocks, the reply was “All our squadron officers wear these” I commented they were a little old hat to which one of them said “Oh, these aren’t ordinary smocks” and he unzipped his smock to display a shiny, quilted silk lining!

Just goes to show, money can buy class...
 
#19
Had a lad with us in the RRW.
transferred from a different unit, all the gear, Danner boots, tropicals, SAS windproof, Gucci webbing, Para bergan etc..

Did him a fat lot of good when he was Casevaced off Sennybridge in February suffering from hypothermia.
Tropical kit plus windproof smock is far from suitable attire when on a recce patrol in a cold Welsh Winter.
If only commanders did kit checks.
 

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