The old ways . . .

#1
. . . are the best ways. In my case, puttees. A nuisance to some, I know, but I always found them comfortable and effective. Certainly more comfortable than high boots.

And last week, setting off for a week's walking, I couldn't find my whizzo zippy Goretex gaiters - but no matter, because my old puttees did the trick. I don't think I have come across a better way to seal trousers to boot tops. Best of all, when your trousers get wet, puttees don't allow them to wick water down into your boots the way even the best modern gaiters do.

I suppose you have to have reasonably high boot tops and they wouldn't work with a lot of modern, low walking boots, but they worked very well with my Alt-Berg Peacekeepers once I had removed the rather large pieces of sponge padding from the tops of the tongues.
 
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#3
. . . are the best ways. In my case, puttees. A nuisance to some, I know, but I always found them comfortable and effective. Certainly more comfortable than high boots.

And last week, setting off for a week's walking, I couldn't find my whizzo zippy Goretex gaiters - but no matter, because my old puttees did the trick. I don't think I have come across a better way to seal trousers to boot tops. Best of all, when your trousers get wet, puttees don't allow them to wick water down into your boots the way even the best modern gaiters do.

I suppose you have to have reasonably high boot tops and they wouldn't work with a lot of modern, low walking boots, but they worked very well with my Alt-Berg Peacekeepers once I had removed the rather large pieces of sponge padding from the tops of the tongues.
And I'll bet you weren't bitten by a snake either! I was snake-bite free for about 16yrs thanks in no small way to my issued ankle-rags. Bring 'em back I say, along with cardboard DMS and the SLR! You could prebably fit MOLLE-Loops on them, how "Ally" would that be!
 
#6
#7
They are new, and have not been blancoed.

The straps are plain wrong, they should be black.

They could be for an officer, but in that case, they would be worn upside down (It's true I tell ya!)
Here have a tin of kiwi and a spoon and scratch that paint off the buckles,here's yer brasso. ;-)
 
#8
. . . are the best ways. In my case, puttees. A nuisance to some, I know, but I always found them comfortable and effective. Certainly more comfortable than high boots. And last week, setting off for a week's walking, I couldn't find my whizzo zippy Goretex gaiters - but no matter, because my old puttees did the trick. I don't think I have come across a better way to seal trousers to boot tops. Best of all, when your trousers get wet, puttees don't allow them to wick water down into your boots the way even the best modern gaiters do.

I suppose you have to have reasonably high boot tops and they wouldn't work with a lot of modern, low walking boots, but they worked very well with my Alt-Berg Peacekeepers once I had removed the rather large pieces of sponge padding from the tops of the tongues.
Plus you can use the puttees under your trousers and wind them higher up your leg as support stockings when your "veryclose" veins are giving you gip...
 
#9
Aye.... and yer desperately winding six yards o' Fox's Short Lights aroond yer ankles, the bugle's just blown the quarter hour dress and the Piper's started to play, yer heid's bustin' wi' San Mig' and vodka shots, you're going to make it you think, you're cutting it fine but you're going to make it, oh yesssss.... no flies on me as you pull on the OG shorts (starched tae perfection) on wi' the bunnet and the belt and off ye go - oozing confidence..... then you look down...."F*ck where's ma hosetops?"

You MISS puttees???? Man you need to go and lie down!
 
#10
Talking of gaiters and a bit off-thread: I noticed on that parade for Betty today that the lads from the Andrew were all wearing white gaiters. Do they still wear DMS to them too? And why do they still have gaiters when everybody else has high boots?

MsG
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#11
Talking of gaiters and a bit off-thread: I noticed on that parade for Betty today that the lads from the Andrew were all wearing white gaiters. Do they still wear DMS to them too? And why do they still have gaiters when everybody else has high boots?

MsG
Worn with ammunition boots - it's a Gunnery thing. No one knows why. But there's a store in Pompey with enough of them to bury every sailor in their own personal mountain so no one's going to spend any money changing it. Besides, it looks smart.

On a serious note - it may be a hang over from the Naval Brigade during the Boer War - the sailors would have been issued boots and the gaiters would make them look more "military." In any event the gun bunnies all used to wear them. You'll notice the officers in knee length black.
 
#13
Worn with ammunition boots - it's a Gunnery thing. No one knows why. But there's a store in Pompey with enough of them to bury every sailor in their own personal mountain so no one's going to spend any money changing it. Besides, it looks smart.

On a serious note - it may be a hang over from the Naval Brigade during the Boer War - the sailors would have been issued boots and the gaiters would make them look more "military." In any event the gun bunnies all used to wear them. You'll notice the officers in knee length black.
Do instructor officers at Whale Island still wear them all the time? Is it even Whale Island for gunnery any more? I do remember one of them complaining that his 'liquorice legs' wore holes in his trousers. He agreed that dressing for the Boer War while instructing on guided missiles was a bit odd.
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
Do instructor officers at Whale Island still wear them all the time? Is it even Whale Island for gunnery any more? I do remember one of them complaining that his 'liquorice legs' wore holes in his trousers. He agreed that dressing for the Boer War while instructing on guided missiles was a bit odd.
I'm not sure where they do gunnery anymore, but it hasn't been at Whale Island for a long time. The parade ground is now a car park. And the link between gunnery and marching up and down has gone. Now that the guns are all automated the people don't have to be.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
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#16
1987 and I was still serving. Nephew was at a private school. Daddy (my brother) was in the Diplomatic Service and got Boarding School Allowance so that was good. Me mum used to look after nephew during holidays cos they'd sent him him to Durham School for that reason. And he was in the CCF.

He got volunteered to do two weeks' camp. The first week was at Whale Island and wasn't gunnery. Course finished Friday afternoon and he was due to get on a train to Plymouth to do some gunnery. Except that he was traumatised at having seen a regular sailor slash another's throat in a fight and he wasn't going.

Since Whale Island was only a short drive from me, I went off down and beamed him out. His father didn't know what to do but whatever I did was wrong. I can tell you his son might have got on the train to Plymouth if I'd pushed him but I'll bet you a pound to a pinch of shit he wouldn't have got off the train at Plymouth.

So gunnery had gone from Whale Island by summer, 1987.
 

CanteenCowboy

LE
Book Reviewer
#17
Getting back on track to puttees, I remember reading somewhere (damn this onset of old age) that British infantrymen in Italy circa 1944 replaced the Gaiters they were issued with WW1 style puttees as they believed that they would provide more protection (??) against losing large parts of your leg if they stood on a German "Schuh" mine.

However I maybe mistaken, as I cannot remeber where I read this.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#18
Getting back on track to puttees, I remember reading somewhere (damn this onset of old age) that British infantrymen in Italy circa 1944 replaced the Gaiters they were issued with WW1 style puttees as they believed that they would provide more protection (??) against losing large parts of your leg if they stood on a German "Schuh" mine.

However I maybe mistaken, as I cannot remeber where I read this.
In the Indian Army dress was generally Puttees short type. Many Indian army units served in Africa and Italy!
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#19
1987 and I was still serving. Nephew was at a private school. Daddy (my brother) was in the Diplomatic Service and got Boarding School Allowance so that was good. Me mum used to look after nephew during holidays cos they'd sent him him to Durham School for that reason. And he was in the CCF.

He got volunteered to do two weeks' camp. The first week was at Whale Island and wasn't gunnery. Course finished Friday afternoon and he was due to get on a train to Plymouth to do some gunnery. Except that he was traumatised at having seen a regular sailor slash another's throat in a fight and he wasn't going.

Since Whale Island was only a short drive from me, I went off down and beamed him out. His father didn't know what to do but whatever I did was wrong. I can tell you his son might have got on the train to Plymouth if I'd pushed him but I'll bet you a pound to a pinch of shit he wouldn't have got off the train at Plymouth.

So gunnery had gone from Whale Island by summer, 1987.

They moved the actual shooting training to HMS Cambridge, just outside Plymouth, but that's been closed down. I did my course there in 95 or 96. The marching up and down specialisation moved to Southwick House, so presumeably that now resides at Collingwood.
 
#20
. . . are the best ways. In my case, puttees. A nuisance to some, I know, but I always found them comfortable and effective. Certainly more comfortable than high boots. QUOTE]

Yerrsss.... and why I wonder did so many Toms spend their own akkers getting extensions sewn to the top of their DMS (just before the introduction of NI Patrol booties!)? And don't forget the mad flap to get the correct 1/4 spiral of each layer of the puttee correct if you had any chance of getting Stick Man and thus off the piquet/Guard of the night. Before long you'll be lamenting the passing of the KD shirt, of BDs and, no doubt, the collapse of standards when scarlet was exchanged for that new-fangled khaki.
 

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