[Sticky] SAS/Jedburgh kit
Thought we'd best get this up early, to give time to get the appropriate kit/scrounge it/ask questions. Don't forget, you don't need reenactor levels of kit, "lookalikes" are equally acceptable and there are plenty of people with kit to loan out if you ask them nicely . Anyone who already does a British loadout will have most of it already .
Allied Operation Jedburgh kit recommendations.
PLEASE BEAR IN MIND, IF BOOKING AS A JEDBURGH, WHATEVER KIT YOU BRING WILL NEED TO BE CARRIED! ALSO CONSIDER YOUR OWN COMFORT, AS WELL AS YOUR OWN ABILITY TO CARRY IT ALL ABOUT. SAS TROOPERS WILL NOT BE CARRYING THEIR WORLD ON THEIR BACKS.
1) Denison smock (if you have one).(Belgian is fine if you don't have a "period" one).
2) Shirt (any collared type is fine).
3) Trousers (battledress, denims, U.S HBT's, para trousers or US "Mustards" (for American Jed's).
4) Sturdy, broken in boots (ammo boots, cut down hilegs, corcorans, with anklets where appropriate). (NOTE - Some good insoles will do your feet the world of good!)
5) Headgear (British Airborne helmet, beret, cap comforter, etc).
6) Webbing (37 pattern or a mixture of 37 and U.S, whatever gets the job done, with or without cross straps). Minimum should be a belt with a waterbottle.
You can mix and match any of the above with battldress jackets, leather jerkins, windproofs, duffle coats, despatch rider boots, "captured" kit, the list is endless and keeps us from looking like a "parade ground" unit. A rare chance to use your SAS/Commando kit. As many Jed's were Americans, or Frenchmen, you cold even wear civvies or M42's if you don't have any Brit kit. This is the most flexible ever CiA event, kitwise, for the allies!
Other items (Carried, in webbing or in pockets, don't worry if you don't have them all!).
1) Personal weapon - Any period weapons, including "captured" ones are ok. With spare ammunition and batteries.
2) Notebook/paper and pencil.
3) Whistle (for emergency signalling).
4) Any personal medication (carried in top right pocket).
5) Cork or cam cream.
6) Face veil (optional).
7) Player bandage (issued on site, or bring your own "blood soaked" one).
8- Sharp knife. (optional).
9) Bergen/rucksack/large pack containing...
Extra water (in addition to your belt kit waterbottle).
Food for 24 hours.
Extra socks (at least 2 pairs).
Jumper or BD jacket (something warm and woollen, basically).
Hexi burner or spirit/meths stove, with appropriate fuel.
Poncho/shelter half/small tarp.
Paracord/strong string (at least 10 metres).
Insect repellant (optional).
Small first aid kit (sufficient for cuts, grazes, splinters and blisters - optional).
Lightweight change of clothing (for sleeping in - work in wet gear, sleep in dry gear).
Bin bags (for rubbish. They also make good emergency "bivi" bags).
Ideally, kit should be placed inside seperate waterproof bags of some description.
If you follow the maxim of "live out of your bergen, fight off your belt kit", you can't go wrong. Most of the items carried in the bergen are "common sense" items anyway.
i) Waterproofs (just in case!). Modern is fine, if it pours with rain, your own comfort comes first.
ii) Sleeping mat or camp bed.
iii) Compass (modern is fine).
iv) Sidearm (all Jedburghs and SAS personnel were issued pistols).
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Feel free to add your own "creature comforts" if desired. It is perfectly possible to travel light, yet, still be comfortable "in the field".
NOTE - The SAS will not be humping bergens around for 24 hours and will only have to carry kit a few hundred metres from the parking site, to the harbor area. The Jedburghs will have scope to "cache" their bergens at various points as well, to avoid carrying them constantly.
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