Desert Rats

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Re: Desert Rats

Postby Tommy9151 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:21 pm

That... looks... awesome, well done on the impressions, if only Britain had such a hot climate... then maybe we could have SA Battles, but we can all dream...
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Re: Desert Rats

Postby Special Department. » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:50 pm

Nice use of a 03 Belt, most use just another 37 pattern belt as a trouser belt which looks lame and shows a lack of understanding of the period.
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Re: Desert Rats

Postby Gadge » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:05 pm

i dunno, i've seen plenty of period pics with a second 37 pattern belt being used.

Leather didnt fair that well in the western desert compared to webbing.
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Re: Desert Rats

Postby Special Department. » Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:30 pm

It looks better, two belts the same ? Yuk. It is unlikely it will dry out in our use, I have some great pictures of the Italiano also using 37 pattern Belts from Booty Stores of clothing, though I would do it myself as "Pavia" .
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Re: Desert Rats

Postby Steiner » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:02 pm

Whether it looks "better" or not, there is plenty of photographic evidence to show soldiers wearing two P37 belts. :)
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Re: Desert Rats

Postby richardtl » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:56 pm

I've seen also both belts used, but have seen quite a few pics of specifically SA troops with the leather belt. Martin Brayleys KD & JG shows to web belts on some Brit Troops. I'm fortunate in having a few books on the SA army in North Africa and it shows some of them with the leather belt.

The ones I use were issued to SA troops until the early 60's (worn prior to a stable belt) and in our hot dry climate tend to hold up well- so that belt is already 50 or more years old. Leather bits in our dry climate go dry but don't rot and if harderned can mostly be resurrected with saddle food and dubbin.
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Re: Desert Rats

Postby Special Department. » Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:53 pm

Lucky the KDG Supply Officer got us 03 belts, he thought they looked better Comrades, just luck of supply and what strings you pull I guess.

Still both gags work as it happened in the Historical Documentation of the Western Desert.

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