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    My Brit Kit


    Name : Nate
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    Registration date : 2013-10-16
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    Post by TennoHeikaNate Sun Jan 08, 2023 7:37 am

    Since the UK topic has so many pages of threads I'll certainly be keeping everything I get in this one thread.
    Again I have mostly Cold War/90's era stuff but a couple of WW2 and 00's/10's pieces mixed in there, nothing outstandingly rare
    but some fun stuff nonetheless.
    I'm not super familiar with British equipment and uniforms, especially the designations of the DPM uniforms, so let me know if I get anything wrong.
    I'll also try to go easy on the reference pics unless I have some particularly interesting ones, and I apologize in advance if I accidently post any personal photos
    that the owner would rather not be put out.
    I'll try to keep some order to it, but no guarantee's!
    Anyway, let's get started!

    First is an M1907 SMLE bayonet with leather/metal scabbard, made by Wilkinson in 9-1918.
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    My No.1 Mk III* SMLE, made by BSA in 1940.
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    Home front snipers IIRC, the man on the left has a No. 1 Mk III.
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    A seemingly unissued pair of windproof brushstroke camouflage trousers, made by S. Boder & Co. Ltd. in London in 1943.
    Now if only I could find the smock!

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    Harry Furness, a British sniper late in WWII, with his No. 4 MK. I (T), ghillied helmet, and brushstroke windproof suit.
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    British soldiers of the 3rd Green Jackets Regiment exercising on a mortar range at Goshi; Cyprus, early 1960s.
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    A 4-1952 RO&CO C made shell, 1977-1980 dated lining Mk. V steel helmet, which curiously looks like it was painted red at one point and painted over with OD,
    but a large red band still remains on the rear. A training example? Anybody know what it might signify?

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    Another 1952 Mk. V with 80's retrofitted lining, named to a "Vickers" and "Tony Barber", this time with a net and a 1944 dated
    War Office, Army Medical Department issue Shell Dressing.

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    A 1965 jungle hat, can't quite read or remember the maker, "Sanders" something. Old pics I need to retake.
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    Now, some 58 Pat webbing I put together piece by piece.
    A "Mk. I" canvas S6 respirator bag, dated 1967. This was the first Brit item I ever got, and probably the 2nd military item I ever got
    when I was a kid.

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    1980 dated belt.
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    1989 dated pouch with later black plastic Osprey canteen (2016) and cup (2004).
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    1987 dated Cape Carrier or "Bum Roll".
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    Yoke, named to a Warley but the stamp is worn away.
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    1979 dated Field Pack, with some sort of inventory sticker still attached despite being named to at least 2 or 3 different blokes.
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    I neglected to take individual pics, but I later got some kidney pouches and a pair of left and right ammunition pouches (after customs confiscated the first
    right hand pouch I ordered). I also have an L1A3 bayonet on there I'll cover next.

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    A former L1A1 converted A3 L1 SLR bayonet and scabbard, made by ED in 1958.
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    I picked up a pair of S6 respirators, one GD 4/1968 and one GD 6/1977 at least according to the head harnesses.
    They also came each with 1977 dated rubberized nylon carriers, albeit one much dirtier than the other.
    No filters, but one bag still had a pair of DIPCO 1978 gloves and some anti-fog paste and cloth, although the seller removed at least one item from the kit
    so customs wouldn't seize it.

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    A 1968 Pattern DPM uniform, with smock, trousers, and forage "crap" cap according to one UKAF wiki.
    Under what circumstances would this forage cap be worn? I've seen a number on the market but only have maybe one actual
    usage photo of one, it seems berets are far more popular. Are they more of a cadet item?

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    A (77 Pattern?) DPM para smock, insignia sadly removed.
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    An 84? Pattern DPM uniform. The smock is patched and named to a Cpl. Lappin.
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    85 Pattern desert DDPM uniform in the standard pattern.
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    A couple of shirts, a pair of trousers, and an empty CBA vest cover in the "sparse" 85 Pat DDPM.
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    A 94 Pattern temperate weather DPM smock and trousers. This smock was the first DPM I ever got many years ago.
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    A 1979 Pattern fragmentation vest, still with the armor. The cut out portions of the tag shows perhaps it wasn't surplused in the most legal manner.  My Brit Kit 1f606
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    A pair of DMS ''Ammo'' Boots in decent condition, although I can't quite read the contract date in my photo.
    Also, a pair of the "short" wool puttees, which were surprisingly annoyingly hard to find.

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    Smock, Combat, Windproof Arctic, with remains of what looks like a Royal Navy or Royal Marines rank sticker on the front tab.
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    A pair of Arctic Windproof Combat Trousers, together with the above smock.
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    Another Smock, Combat, Windproof Arctic, seems to be an older production one without a rear rank tab and the older style of tag and size.
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    Parka, Man's, Cold Weather, missing the liner unfortunately.
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    Cold Weather Pile Cap. The infamous "Dangerous Brian" hat, according to Vtower.
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    A pair of Mittens, Inner, Arctic, Mk. 2.
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    DPM Suit Protective NBC No. 1, Mk. III, made by Remploy in 1984. To my understanding these DPM Mk.III suits weren't made for very long
    between the previous OD version and the Mk.IV suits that came out in the late 80's IIRC.

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    Smock, Windproof, Cadet Forces. Seems to date to the 80's and replaced a previous OD pullover/anorak type smock, but apparently
    had no matching trousers to it.

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    Jacket, Aircrew, Combat, Temperate, MK2A dated 1998 and Trouser, Aircrew, Combat, Temperate MK 2A dated 1993.
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    Jersey, Mans, Heavy Wool, Round Neck, Olive.
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    Tropical DPM shirt, ranked to a LCpl.
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    M1973 ''Dan Dare'' AVC Helmet.
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    Unissued pair of 218X Panorama Goggles.
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    Mk. II Gaiters.
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    Mk. VI General Service Combat Helmet, dated 2006. The sticker just happened to finally lose its stickiness right when I got it, and luckily it fell between
    the shell and padding to catch it.

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    Unissued "Northern Ireland" chest rig. Missing the snap-on radio pouch as most seem to be.
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    Now, some random PLCE bits I've thrown together. Still a work in progress to make a proper loadout.
    Belt, 2004.

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    Entrenching Tool Case Carrier, 2004.
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    Holster, Other Arms, Seyntex 1995. Missing the flap as are basically all of the ones in the US.
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    Universal Ammunition Pouch, 1997. Only have one. The right pouch was redesignated to hold first aid items.
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    Utility pouches, the dirty one is dated 2005.
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    Carrier, Water Canteen, 2007.
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    Yoke, tag missing. Am I correct in that the "Rocket Yoke" is the version with zippers on the sides of the back panel to
    attach the side pouches off the rucksack?

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    And the odd ensemble all together. I plan to at least get a rucksack, S10 respirator with the bag, bayonet frog, and another ammunition pouch.
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    Old pic of my Soldier 95 Training Shirt.
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    Old pic of my plain S95 trousers.
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    S95 shirt named to MacGilp, 2nd Signal Brigade (National Communications), Royal Army Medical Corp.
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    I believe a Soldier 95 type Windproof Smock.
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    Now, here I get confused on TRFs. Here's a Scottish woodland S95 shirt, patched to a member who was in the 16th Air Assault, Princess Louise's Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders,
    and what seems to be either the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland or Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS),
    which I'm unsure of since from what I read it looks like the last two shared the same TRF.
    I also read they were folded into the Royal Scottish Regiment in the late 00's along with several other Scottish regiments.

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    Another Scottish S95 shirt, this time desert with an ISAF patch, 19th Light Brigade, and again what seems to be a Black Watch or Royal Highland Fusiliers TRF that I'm unsure of.
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    And to finish for now, an MTP CS95 shirt, patched to a Bradley of 2 PARA, 16th Air Assault, velcro ISAF patch missing.
    With some cheeky "artwork" on the tag.

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    Post by matchstick Sun Jan 08, 2023 3:15 pm

    In regards to the forage cap, which in the 90's onwards and current MTP version is labelled Cap Combat Camouflage but more colloquially referred to as the crap hat it's most often seen being sported by P Coy recruits until they earn the maroon beret. In the early models like the one you have with your P.68 stuff whatever they used in the peak (cardboard I believe) has a terrible tendency to get all puffy and useless when exposed to anything wet.

    There is an old 70's or 80's para documentary where one of the DS wears it on an ex and I'm sure if you look through enough equally old back issues of Soldier magazine there'll be pictures of troops wearing them, I personally like them because for the UK and parts of Europe they are more practical for wear and stuff in a pocket better but my experience has been that most troops have some kind of natural hatred for them and much prefer the wearing the "bush" hat, but only when they've done that "ally" thing of tailoring the crown and trimming the brim down thus rendering useless for its intended purpose. On several occasions on exercises using the combat cap I've been told to remove it and wear either my helmet, a bush hat or nothing at all. Usually the former and the latter as I keep my bush hat in its original out of the packet combat sombrero condition which equally annoys those above me.

    Some brilliant period pictures of bits in use you've got there, that one with the brush stroke windproof smock tailored with a full length zip is something I've not seen done before.

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    Post by M55q Mon Jan 09, 2023 5:20 pm

    Some great period photos!
    I especially like the gas masks and protective equipment Smile

    It is always interesting to discover what gas mask carriers hide. I once bought a Swedish gas mask bag - complete with all contents. Even the atropine auto-injector. When I was 12... To this day I still can't believe that I didn't accidentally inject myself.

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    Post by mylle Mon Jan 09, 2023 6:36 pm

    Thanks for another great post. Funny way to carry the shell dressing under the helmet net. Never saw that before.

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    Post by TennoHeikaNate Mon Jan 09, 2023 11:50 pm

    Thanks guys!
    @matchstick, thanks for the info! I thought I had at least one more photo of the forage caps but I'll have to do some surfing and find some more.
    I also thought I had more pics of the windproof smocks in the postwar period but I'll have to search later to see if I have any more. From what I've heard, adding zippers to them was a common postwar modification, especially among the Rhodesian SAS. They certainly aren't cheap these days!
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    @M55q, yeah these days it often gets hard to even find the proper bag for a mask, let alone the accessories, so I was happy to get that pair of S6's with the extras even though it cost a fair bit.
    @Alex, I thought I had at least one photo of someone wearing one like that, but I'll have to do some more searching. I got the helmet like that so I just left it there in case it was original. Either way it works well; that extended rear brim of the Mk IV/V makes a decent little "shelf" to stow things on under the net!

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    Post by ripcord Tue Jan 10, 2023 7:39 pm

    Another thorough and interesting post.  You  constantly add value to this forum and I thank you for it.

    Love the SAS display and particularly love that pink LR..

    Have quite a bit of UK kit as well. One of my favorite is a mint Brushstroke set I received in the early '80s.  It has been modified with a front zipper and a luminescent tab sown into the back at bottom of hood.
     Likely modified for post war use but never issued.  These uniforms were used well into the '70s and beyond..   I believe some SAS actually wore these during Desert Storm.

    These uniforms were also sent as military aid to the French forces in Indochina and favored by French Paras ( and my favorite French officer, then Col. Marcel  Bigeard ). Notice French Para beret on my friend..

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    Another favorite is this unissued and mint Type 58 web gear.

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    Post by TennoHeikaNate Wed Jan 11, 2023 2:53 am

    Rip, thanks a ton for your comment, really appreciate it!
    Another awesome display, that windproof set is beautiful, and I've never seen a smock before that had a luminescent tab sewn on. I've seen a few pics of the French wearing the windproofs but the one you posted was a new one to me, thank you for sharing those.
    And what a beautiful set of P58! I had a hell of a time importing half of my set, especially after customs confiscated my first right ammunition pouch. There were a few other pieces of the P58 I want to add for completionist sake, like the e-tool, compass pouch, holster, binocular case, and "socket, rifle support".
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    Post by ripcord Wed Jan 11, 2023 4:08 am

    My pleasure for sure !!   You consistently contribute what must be for you quite time consuming posts.   That requires passion, and you certainly have passion.

    The Brushstroke is one uniform that just freaks me out whenever I look at it. Freaks me out in a good way.. It looks like it could have been made a month ago.  It's incredibly fresh and has not suffered aging at all.
    I've had it since the mid '80s and if I did not know better, I would think it a repro..The only flaw is a missing tag on the top, but it is obvious to me it is a matching set in every other way.

    Type 58 webbing came from the same source.  He was also my early Spanish source, and my Rhodesian source.  Great contact, sadly gone to the big PX in the sky..
    I've got some more T 58 gear, but in the usual faded conditions.  Good luck finding those obscure pieces...


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    Post by TennoHeikaNate Sun Sep 10, 2023 1:10 am

    A quick addition, a newer style OPFOR blue DPM combat shirt.

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