What kit did the soldiers carry?

#1
When the British Army soldiers went out on patrol what kit did they carry on them?
I realise the '58 webbing was designed to carry the equipment a soldier would need to fight and survive for 24 hours on a battlefield but what about patrolling for several hours in an urban envirnoment?
 

oldbaldy

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#3
The most important things were long hair & a Pancho 'tache.
 
#6
When the British Army soldiers went out on patrol what kit did they carry on them?
I realise the '58 webbing was designed to carry the equipment a soldier would need to fight and survive for 24 hours on a battlefield but what about patrolling for several hours in an urban envirnoment?
This has been troublling your mind for quite some years hasn't it...
 
#8
the union jack flag waving around at the top of my bergen was awesome!
 
#10
Sod it, I'll bite. Boots NI Patrol, trousers LW, shirt KF, Jacket Combat and beret. Gloves NI, Flak Jacket, SLR loaded and made ready, belt order consisting of 58 pat belt, ammo pouch with 1 mag in (I think we carried 2 mags of 15 in W Belfast, one on the SLR and the other in the ammo pouch) water bottle in pouch (for dealing with those pesky petrol bombs) FFD in designated pocket, dog tags, butt map of area attached to rifle butt. Depending on rank / role Pye radio and Joker CIED equipment. In pockets little book of players to assist in IDing them.

EDIT: My mistake, 2 mags of 18.
 
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Grumblegrunt

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#11
don't forget the tailored big pockets jacket which made you look like the bird starring in the opera.

cardboard boots with the steel plated sole

beret with badge worn as far round as you could get away with.

and the air of supreme allyness.

it all went downhill when they insisted we wore helmets because they were expensive
 
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syledis

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#12
Sod it, I'll bite. Boots NI Patrol, trousers LW, shirt KF, Jacket Combat and beret. Gloves NI, Flak Jacket, SLR loaded and made ready, belt order consisting of 58 pat belt, ammo pouch with 1 mag in (I think we carried 2 mags of 15 in W Belfast, one on the SLR and the other in the ammo pouch) water bottle in pouch (for dealing with those pesky petrol bombs) FFD in designated pocket, dog tags, butt map of area attached to rifle butt. Depending on rank / role Pye radio and Joker CIED equipment. In pockets little book of players to assist in IDing them.
But did you have a Tropper for those cold wet nights?
 
#13
But did you have a Tropper for those cold wet nights?
No, four man rooms in portacabins with Mk6 Mortar protection when they were using Mk10A. And for that real 'ally' look a Riot Baton stuck down the front of your flak jacket. As stated, your beret wore with the badge over your left ear.
 

Joker62

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#14
No, four man rooms in portacabins with Mk6 Mortar protection when they were using Mk10A. And for that real 'ally' look a Riot Baton stuck down the front of your flak jacket. As stated, your beret wore with the badge over your left ear.
Blackened or as issued?
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
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#16
joker were you allowed to take your fish slice on patrol with you are was that banned by the geneva lot?
 
#17
Damn, damn, damn, how could I forget? Yep, blacked out Sta-Brite badge using Mr Airfix's finest Matt Black paint.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
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#19
magic marker worked fine. made the badge look better when polished off as well
 
#20
Sod it, I'll bite. Boots NI Patrol, trousers LW, shirt KF, Jacket Combat and beret. Gloves NI, Flak Jacket, SLR loaded and made ready, belt order consisting of 58 pat belt, ammo pouch with 1 mag in (I think we carried 2 mags of 15 in W Belfast, one on the SLR and the other in the ammo pouch) water bottle in pouch (for dealing with those pesky petrol bombs) FFD in designated pocket, dog tags, butt map of area attached to rifle butt. Depending on rank / role Pye radio and Joker CIED equipment. In pockets little book of players to assist in IDing them.
No violet joker in urban environment.

In the 90s Ammo differed slightly, normal tracer issued for rural, with immediate ignition tracer for urban. PIN and PAN were the secure radio nets and ECM varied depending on where you worked.
 

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