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Puttees

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Strips of brown cloth which were wound round the ankles to provide waterproofing and ankle support with Ammo boots. Just about the only piece of kit issued in 1914 which was still being issued up to 1984. Their only real use in the years before they were phased out, on the issue of the Boot Combat High, was as improvised bandages/slings that were carried by all soldiers. The practice of cutting them down to a much shorter size to ease the job of putting them on stopped them being used for that one last use.

Puttees were available in a range of contemporary colours. Well.. two actually: black (for RTR & Gurkhas) and khaki (for the rest). On rare occasions, puttees could be seen being worn with shoes; invariably by officers, and more than likely RAF ones.