What kit did the soldiers carry?

Discussion in 'Northern Ireland (Op BANNER)' started by REMEbrat, Apr 7, 2013.

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  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?
     
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  2. I had a gun and loads of stuff and everything.
     
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  3. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
    1. Battlefield Tours

    The most important things were long hair & a Pancho 'tache.
     
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  4. Mars or Marathons, spangles and a bright orange sash
     
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  5. chip on one shoulder
     
  6. This has been troublling your mind for quite some years hasn't it...
     
  7. To be honest Mr Gay it's just something I was thinking about last week.
     
  8. the union jack flag waving around at the top of my bergen was awesome!
     
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  9. 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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  10. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    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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  11. But did you have a Tropper for those cold wet nights?
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. Blackened or as issued?