Brits at Crete

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Brits at Crete

Postby Gadge » Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:58 pm

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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby Hänschen klein » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:00 pm

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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby PolzyStevo » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:02 pm

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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby Hänschen klein » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:03 pm

The terrain is pretty light coloured a sandy chalky type of ground cover or at least it was in February
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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby BedsnHerts » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:04 pm

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

They don't like it up 'em.
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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby dieselmonkey » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:05 pm

PolzyStevo wrote: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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby Gadge » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:11 pm

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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby Universal Gunner » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:15 pm

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.
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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby BedsnHerts » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:19 pm

Hänschen klein wrote: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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby Gadge » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:21 pm

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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby Yith » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:28 am

BedsnHerts wrote: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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby dadio » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:36 pm

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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby Gadge » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:40 pm

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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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby Poacher » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:55 am

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.
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Re: Brits at Crete

Postby BedsnHerts » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:56 am

dadio wrote: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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