Glider Infantry Kit

St. Lo - Hell in the Hedgerows - Saturday 20th June 2009
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby webby » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:24 am

Cool beans, I was going to do a minimum thing, and a prefered list.

So minimum for GIR would would be M41/M43 with 82nd patch and mustards and leggings (or whatever you chose to be)
Preferred with M1 helmet + Haversack etc. What do you think?
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby Devonshire Trooper » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:15 pm

Wladek wrote:Excellent to see DT coming to join us. :good:


If your refering to me then yes looking forward to it, was only able to come if I could get a lift and Herr Steiner thankfully obliged, will be nice to see just as much infantry as Airborne for once (and 82nd instead of 101st) also will be my first PBI run game I understand, looking forward to it, great way to end my exams. :D
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby webby » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:53 pm

Awesome! Good luck in your exams in the mean time! :)
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby Wladek » Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:14 pm

Ok, 325th GIR Gear, as modelled by Lipton.

This shows the 'basic' kit for the 325th GIR. The strongest parts of equipment are, quite obviously, the M1 Helmet, M41 Jacket and the leggings. The leggings pictured are OD7, not OD3, but either are fine if that's what you have. the M1 helmet looks much more 'infantry like' without scrim on it - most pics of US line infantry do not show them wearing scrim and using local foliage when applicable will be much better. The netting on the helmet is 3/4 inch and is possible it would be great for everyone to have the same size netting. The M41 jacket is shown with the 82nd badge but wearing no badge is also perfectly acceptable.

The webbing shown is a 'garand belt', 'doughboy pack', water bottle and first aid pouch. Of course if people only have a Thompson then the respective belt will be worn but the M1 'garand' rifle is, again obviously, preferable. If people do not have a 'doughboy pack' then do not worry, a belt will be fine. Avoid musette bags as they scream 'para' and the game will be (I am assuming) split into a series of scenarios so we will not need to carry the world with us.

The shirt and trousers shown are the wools, which are more 'correct' but HBTs are also perfectly acceptable - and if the weather is anything like it was at Bloody Gulch wearing the HBT's would be nice. If the weather is warm it is also fine to loose the M41 jacket and just wear the wool shirt, as this was frequently done in warm weather. Obviously for those without a wool shirt of HBT shirt a t-shirt under the jacket is fine too.

The shoes are Roughouts, which are nice and comfortable, but any brown boots are fine as the leggings are the distinctive elements.

Right, I think that's about it. Apologies if I have repeated old ground, or if I have drowned the picture with this text. Look forward to seeing you all there. :good:
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby webby » Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:48 pm

awww he could have at least smiled!!! :)

I think its worth mentioning that if you have an M41 patched as another unit, it would be preferrable to either cover up the patch, take it off or in the best case scenario, put the 82nd patch on.
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby lipton » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:16 pm

[quote="webby"]awww he could have at least smiled!!! :)quote]

I didn't even realise that I was scowling in the first picci :slap:
Oh well, we'll just say it's the serious soldier look. :)
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby Pete_59 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:26 pm

lipton wrote:Oh well, we'll just say it's the seriously constipated soldier look. :)


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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby lipton » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:34 pm

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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby Yith » Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:58 pm

hmm... not sof

My shirt is from epic and is fairly good. It is a wool/poly mix rather than wool/cotton. But does at least have some wool in it unlike the ones I saw at the SoF stand earlier in the year.
My water bottle and medic pouch are original. They're available at most militaria fairs. The repros seem okay(ish) from what I've seen.
My trousers are from wwii impressions. They're very good but reasonably rare and expensive. The SoF ones I've seen are shite, be prepared for a split crotch. Dunno about the Epic ones.
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby Wladek » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:01 pm

Epic were out of wool shirts for aprox' 6 weeks - and that was about three weeks ago. So little chance before the PBI game.

Oh and natural Dubbin is what you want on the boots - shoe places sell it... I think.
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby Chomley-Warner » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:13 pm

Nikwax is OK for waterproofing boots and can be found anywhere http://www.springfields.co.uk/footwear/ ... es/?id=631
or indeed Kiwi Neutral Dubbin which will need looking for a bit harder. http://www.pediwear.co.uk/kiwi/products/626.php
Nikwax is a stiffer wax/waterproofer and last longer, Kiwi is lighter and less solid so a tin vanishes really quickly.
Otherwise its down to more esoteric leather care compounds listed on boot care threads on this forum.
I've used 'em all, and use what I happen to have at the time. Over time the protection builds and the leather darkens.
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby webby » Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:12 pm

Wladek wrote:Epic were out of wool shirts for aprox' 6 weeks - and that was about three weeks ago. So little chance before the PBI game.

Oh and natural Dubbin is what you want on the boots - shoe places sell it... I think.

Platoon have Wool shirts
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby Yith » Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:55 pm

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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby Yith » Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:16 pm

I think it's a case of ringing or visiting or hassling webby to go on his lunch break :twisted:

HBTs are comfortable, wools are more accurate... your choice!
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Re: Glider Infantry Kit

Postby webby » Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:38 pm

What Size are you? I can ring them up and find out for you whether theyve got all the bits and how much etc. Theyre not a conventional store in the sense that they dont have a computer system or credit card machine.
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