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Gadge
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In the past PBI did the 2nd Battalion Yorks and Lancs.

Very easy impression to do and appropriate for Crete.

KD kit is still very cheap to buy as original (i've got 42 dated shorts for a tenner before0 and you can mix and match wool kit as it would have been worn in the evenings.

MKII helmets are as little as a tenner and spray of sand paint sorts them out a treat.

Webbing is pretty much as normal WWII brit but not blancoed (yippe) and with a box respirator (very handy case for your sandwiches!)




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Topic starter Posted : 22/11/2012 6:58 pm




Hänschen klein
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Know nothing about Brit stuff but looks great. :good: (really sad thinking I was in the Army for 10 year :oops: )





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Posted : 22/11/2012 7:00 pm




PolzyStevo
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Good work Gadge. What's the terrain like there? I love the idea of being authentic but have to balance that up with the idea of standing out like a sore thumb wearing KDs against a dark background.

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Posted : 22/11/2012 7:02 pm




Hänschen klein
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The terrain is pretty light coloured a sandy chalky type of ground cover or at least it was in February





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Posted : 22/11/2012 7:03 pm




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mmm...SMLE / P07 bayonet p0rn :good:

They don't like it up 'em.

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Posted : 22/11/2012 7:04 pm




dieselmonkey
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Good work Gadge. What's the terrain like there? I love the idea of being authentic but have to balance that up with the idea of standing out like a sore thumb wearing KDs against a dark background.

It's an old quarry, so KD's would be fine!

this gives you an idea of what the site's like:

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Posted : 22/11/2012 7:05 pm




Gadge
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UCAP sandpit is perfect for KD.

Its rocky/dusty with slightly overgrown areas, a lake in the centre, cliffs all around. Some of it is very green but a lot of it is still sandy/dusty.

There should be some good pics up from the sevastopol game.




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Topic starter Posted : 22/11/2012 7:11 pm




Universal Gunner
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I think I'll wait until the day before before making the decision of KD shorts or KD battledress. The weather in early May is not always the most conducive to leg bearing.

I have a small skewer hidden in the collar of my jumping jacket, and a razorblade in my gaiter, as well as my knife.

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Posted : 22/11/2012 7:15 pm




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Know nothing about Brit stuff but looks great. :good: (really sad thinking I was in the Army for 10 year :oops: )

Not really. The vets we meet at living history events usually know bugger-all about kit. They were given a uniform and a gun and that was that. It's only re-enactors that obsess over every tiny detail :lol:

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Posted : 22/11/2012 7:19 pm




Gadge
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Yup i've met WWII vets who were adamant they had things that they couldnt have had. I remember a national service chap we spoke to once who served in the 50s who seemed to recall having an SMLE, possible but unlikely and he probably recalled the no4 but its not the doen thing to disagree :)




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Topic starter Posted : 22/11/2012 7:21 pm




 Yith
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mmm...SMLE / P07 bayonet p0rn :good:

They don't like it up 'em.

You better believe it... :)

Ah, shorts, tommy helmet, gas mask and smle... that's a look I've not done in ages.

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Posted : 23/11/2012 10:28 am




dadio
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Hmmmm.......tough call British in shorts (nice and cool) and kD or German FJ in wools,going to have to think about this.would Brit denims be acceptable for Crete? or would it be KD only?

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Posted : 23/11/2012 7:36 pm




Gadge
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Pics seem to be bd and kd mixed depending on the time of day.

I'm sure denims could be used at a punch but they were work wear really and only worn in the field in theatres where KD wasnt issued.

If you'd been issued KD you'd be wearing it until it went til after about 6pm... you might be wearing denims if you'd been fixing a truck but you wouldnt be likely to have put them on to await the impending invasion.

Bear in mind the the brits new it was going to happen and had been waiting for the germans to drop for 48 hours so would have been properly dressed and ready for battle.

No one was having a quiet moment on the loo and a german para crashed through the roof surprising them :)




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Topic starter Posted : 23/11/2012 7:40 pm




Poacher
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I know it's commonwealth not British but I seem to recal that the New Zealanders were mostly in wool bd. That is certainly how they are depicted in their museum in Aukland. The Australians at this time would have been in their 4 pocket service dress.
There were a lot of Anzacs on Crete, a good few Greeks if you fancy pompoms on your shoes?

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Posted : 24/11/2012 8:55 am




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Hmmmm.......tough call British in shorts (nice and cool) and kD or German FJ in wools,going to have to think about this.would Brit denims be acceptable for Crete? or would it be KD only?

Green or brown denims are both suitable for the event. Just make sure you've got a lid

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Posted : 24/11/2012 10:56 am




McVickers
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I've two early war Service brown coloured lids that I can lend out. Sizes 58cm/59cm liners. Will look just the ticket with sand-coloured nets on.

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Posted : 24/11/2012 11:04 am




Hänschen klein
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I've two early war Service brown coloured lids that I can lend out. Sizes 58cm/59cm liners. Will look just the ticket with sand-coloured nets on.

Can you post this please in the Kit borrowing section if you would be so kind :good:





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Posted : 24/11/2012 11:54 am




McVickers
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I've two early war Service brown coloured lids that I can lend out. Sizes 58cm/59cm liners. Will look just the ticket with sand-coloured nets on.

Can you post this please in the Kit borrowing section if you would be so kind :good:

Too right I will.
Just thought I'd mention it here as we were on the topic of Brit' helemts.

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Posted : 24/11/2012 12:38 pm




Hänschen klein
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:good: thanks its support like this that makes it a little easier for organisers





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Posted : 24/11/2012 1:22 pm




Steiner
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To clarify, in our scenario, all Allies will all be from 2nd Battalion York and Lancashire Infantry Rgt, as mentioned in the kit guide. :)


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Posted : 24/11/2012 7:14 pm




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