Yes, in a 2 man bivvy made from 2 ponchos.Did anyone ever use their poncho clipped to the feet end of the sleeping bag using the press studs as the designer intended?
During the first five weeks at RMAS we were compelled to do so, it was only later in the course we were introduced to the delights of the bivvy.Did anyone ever use their poncho clipped to the feet end of the sleeping bag using the press studs as the designer intended?
TLDR as usual.No it’s a situation that can occur for many reasons including operational reasons.
In one instance, on a patrol one day, we discovered a command wire in the middle of a field. It was traced to a derelict farm and a large milk churn bomb was discovered in one of the outhouses.
The bomb was detonated and it was decided that we would stake out the farm until the following day to see if any visitors popped by to see what we had done. Sleeping bags were sent in for us to use during the night with helicopters who dropped them off and then lifted out everybody else.
We covertly settled down on the edge of the farm to observe and the sleeping bags were used in turn by those who weren’t on stag.
It poured with rain all night. Go figure. Not bone idleness or incompetence. Just the hand that we were dealt at the time. You just get on with the task in hand.
In other instances, a basher is a luxury that isn’t convenient because you aren’t hanging around for more than a few hours.
However, because the weather is so freezing cold, you hunker down on your feet with all your equipment still on and your weapon in your hands in your sleeping bag to try and keep some warmth while you sleep until it’s your turn to stag. It’s easier if there is something you can lean against while you try to catch a kip.
Of course there are times when you don’t have your doss bag with you and you just get cold and have to suffer it until you move on but that’s soldiering for you.
I meant the little extra row of press studs at the bottom of the poncho:During the first five weeks at RMAS we were compelled to do so, it was only later in the course we were introduced to the delights of the bivvy.
Having said that I was under the impression that the press studs were designed to hold the sides of the poncho together providing arm holes and allowing you to get soaked in the way @putteesinmyhands mentioned above.
Could of course have been our DS was a LG and he was misguided in his teaching of infantry skills
Correct. I did well in the entrance exams.You obviously weren’t in the infantry
Never was a cadet.and service in the army cadets doesn‘t count.
I write what I want when I want how I want to write it!Correct. I did well in the entrance exams.
Never was a cadet.
"Mark Twain — 'I apologize for such a long letter - I didn't have time to write a short one."
You could learn a lot from Mr Twain.
You said you did better in the entrance exams. That’s just code for you couldn’t cope with being in the infantry so you went for something cushy!Such a shame it's normally drivel. Verbose drivel at that.
It's code for not being thick. Not a very complicated one. But it still defeated you.You said you did better in the entrance exams. That’s just code for you couldn’t cope with being in the infantry so you went for something cushy!
It's code for not being thick. Not a very complicated one. But it still defeated you.
Now, if you want to carry on with your teary eyed foot stamping feel free. But keep it short, there's a love.