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Sten bandolier

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:34 am
by Steiner
How common were Sten bandoliers? Looking in my new book The World War II Tommy (or whatever it is), I see a picture of a para with MK II pouches and with a Sten bandolier over the top. Is that typical?

Re: Sten bandolier

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:43 am
by Yith
I'm not sure, but I don't think they were actually that common to be honest.

Re: Sten bandolier

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:10 am
by Poacher
Steiner wrote: I see a picture of a para with MK II pouches and with a Sten bandoleer over the top.

How can you tell they are MkII pouches? 1/2" is not easy to spot. :D
The MkIII was designed with that extra height to take the sten mag.
Dont fall into the trap that 'the MkIII was the one with the QR fastening'. Eventually it was but the initial MkIII production was with press stud.
The use of basic pouches, whatever the Mk, is, for combat troops/infantry, almost universal. Bandoleers, be they sten or the more common .303 type, were worn over the basic equipment to supplement the ammo carried.
The use of the Sten bandoleer outside of airborne troops is, as the others have said, a very rare thing. I've not seen an example of it being worn by non Airborne.
So to answer your question....
For a Sten armed member of the Airborne forces it is typical to see them with basic pouches and a bandoleer.

Re: Sten bandolier

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:43 pm
by Steiner
Poacher wrote:How can you tell they are MkII pouches? 1/2" is not easy to spot. :D


You're right there - despite extensive searching / matching at Sabre yesterday, I somehow managed to come back with one of each. :slap: Some of the Mk IIIs looked a lot bigger, but this one didn't. :oops: Maybe if I walk diagonally, the perspective will make them look the same size.

Anyway, back to bandoliers - thanks. I'll not bother with one.

Re: Sten bandolier

Posted: Tue May 24, 2011 10:20 am
by Waldiebeast
Steiner wrote:How common were Sten bandoliers? Looking in my new book The World War II Tommy (or whatever it is), I see a picture of a para with MK II pouches and with a Sten bandolier over the top. Is that typical?

The only person I know with one of those is "deathcoreairsoft". I have never actually seen a british troop wearing one

Re: Sten bandolier

Posted: Tue May 24, 2011 5:45 pm
by Steiner
:giggle:

Re: Sten bandolier

Posted: Thu May 26, 2011 3:05 pm
by Gadge
You'll also find Sten bandoliers only really prevalent in 6th Airborne Div. Nearly every pic i've seen of them in use is either Normandy o Varsity. I'm pretty sure I've not actually ever seen an Arnhem pic of them in use with 1st Div.