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  1. Not all users were Royal Marines. These reversible green/white suits were issued to 2 Para who were also part of 3 Cdo Brigade for most of the campaign. They were also used by Gunners of 29 Cdo Regt, Royal Artillery, who were also part of 3 Cdo Bde. Your first and third photos show 2 Para, not Royal Marines. See the attached photos. Both show men of 2 Para in these smocks. In the second photo is Major General Chip Chapman (then Lt. 2 Para)
  2. Never have managed to find out why they were manufactured that way, though the cup is obviously a different type of plastic.
  3. Re the Cascelloid and F&G water bottles, there was never a green mug issued with these. They were black from the introduction in 1962. I have an as new example of the bottle and mug dated 1962. Cascelloid only seems to have made the first run. I have not yet seen a 1963 dated bottle either by Cascelloid or F&G. It may well be that there was a break in production before the contracts passed to F&G.
  4. I quite agree, a particular bugbear of mine. Modern style lettering and numerals or even worse sticky back vinyl letters.... This is how it was done in the wild. Check out the Lyle's golden syrup tin and 'paint stirrer' Don't be afraid pick up the oversize brush with five bristles and have a go. It's more authentic! The original caption to this photo in an album I have is ' 'Razor' Gilette paints up his armoured car' It's a Daimler AC.
  5. Kevin, I think I may have an original. Give me 24hrs or so to have a look and I'll message you. Regards Paul
  6. That's absolutely fine. It's the later pattern of belt. They are a fraction wider than the first type and apart from the diagonal loop straps are near identical to the early type. Funnily enough I have one with exactly the same repair, on d ring replaced in metal, the other is the original plastic. Must have been a stress point on the belt.
  7. Simon, There are two patterns of frame and two patterns of waist belt. Silvermans have the later type with diagonal loop straps added. On the original frames the shoulder yoke loop straps attached to d rings on the bottom of the frames. On the post 1980 variation the yoke loop straps just wrapped around the bottom of the frame but also passed through the diagonal loop straps on the waist belt to anchor everything together. The original waist belts are tricky to find and often in poor condition. Regards Paul
  8. Thanks Simon, seems the only real difference on this set, Experimental No2, were the pouches, which were a different size, and the cape carrier which was slightly shorter in length. Regards Paul
  9. Simon, are there any other differences? Size of any of the compartments for instance? Regards Paul
  10. Unfortunately, it doesn't specify which 'mechanically propelled vehicles' the matting was intended for. Interesting though that it appears to be so early, as 1907 is the date indicated by the List of Changes entry. Was it possibly used on cab floors? The black canvas is the only one noted specifically for MT vehicles. The LoC for this dates from December 1911, so is pre WW1! There are other colours listed as well as black for waterproof covers, though these were presumably general purpose items. There is a range of black waterproof covers ranging from 40' x 20' to 10' x 6' and an identical range described as 'Green, Oriental or Willesden dressed' Willesden canvas is that bright green colour which results from the application of copper sulphate based rot proofing applied to the canvas. Manufacturers vehicle canvas supplied with vehicles must have been patched up as required by units. Canvas was routinely painted during the war. Cutch (brown) is mentioned for darkening white bell tents for instance but ordinary camouflage paints were frequently used. The book lists 'Service Colour' which I presume is similar to the colour you use on your vehicles, a warm khaki drab. It does appear to confirm the use of celluloid for windows in canvas. There is mention of Isinglass, but seemingly in bulk form as it is listed with paints and solvents and it could be used for specialised gluing processes. There is no mention I can see of Mica. Regards Paul
  11. I've just had a look through the 1920 edition of 'Priced Vocabulary of Stores' and the following entry might be of interest Tents, Marquee, Hospital, Small - Window, sheet horn non-inflammable celluloid This pattern of marquee was pattern sealed in early 1915. Though the vocabulary contains several references to MT equipment for lorries there is no reference to canvas other than 'Cover, Canvas, for MT Vehicles- 22' x 16' Black' Two other interesting entries are 'Matting, Rubber, pyramid pattern, for mechanically propelled vehicles. Length and width to be stated in demands' and 'Canvas, Prepared- 3 feet wide, for repair of tyres on mechanically propelled vehicles. Double Proof MKII, proofed both sides. Single Proof MkII, proofed one side' The matting and the Canvas Prepared were introduced in List of changes in July 1907, the MkII prepared canvas dates from July 1916.
  12. 41 Commando had these in NI circa 1977/78 mixed in with some of the original trials bergens from 1975. Only NI issue at that time I was told. It would appear several small batches were made around that time. I have a photo of a Marine from that unit using one. At the time they were well thought of as patrol packs, though obviously they were heavy and when better options became available they fell out of favour. Here's a photo showing a Falklands Task Force RE Sapper boarding QE2 in 1982, with a heavily laden GS Bergen. Note the later buckles on the side pockets.
  13. Try Carburettor Exchange in Leighton Buzzard, I have used them several times for Solex carbs. They have always done a very good job. He even had some NOS Daimler AC carbs a few years back. Not the fastest though, and I don't know what their current turnaround is like. http://www.carbex.demon.co.uk/
  14. Here's a link to the website of the supplier http://steveandjaneo.magix.net/
  15. Andrew, Couple of photos of a periscope brush which might be of use. Pretty simple items, dimensions should be obvious. Regards Paul
  16. Thanks both for the further information. The actual packaging is dated (on checking) December 1981 so slightly later than I'd remembered. As I say these will fit the WW2 Desmo type mirrors with a little trimming but as has been pointed out there were different makers. Thanks again Paul
  17. Excellent thanks very much. They are in 1970s packaging so figured something like that, but thanks for the confirmation. Cheers Paul
  18. I've done a quick NSN check but there is no detail as to the vehicle these were intended for. They will fit the old curved Desmo type mirrors though the corners need to be trimmed slightly. They are 3" x 6" Can anyone identify what the original usage was? 6MT3 2540 99 803 0599 Thanks Paul
  19. Yes, I do. Identical to the DPM in construction but made of a synthetic feeling cloth not windproof gabardine as on the DPM version. Most likely water resistant to a degree. Same quilted nylon lining too and khaki flannel lined side and brow flaps.Mine has RM rank insignia on the peak but the paper size label is long since gone. I suspect the crap hat and the ECW hat were originally copies of existing Norwegian designs but I've not confirmed that as yet. Features and design are near identical on both. Not sure what came first, the chicken or the egg! Regards Paul
  20. Though there was an early green British version of the CW cap, I believe the one in the photo is a Norwegian issue cap. These were commonly worn alongside UK manufactured versions. They are a distinctive shade and normally have a pale green tape binding on the edge of the peak. This one in the OP has had the Norge badge removed, but there are photos showing British troops wearing them complete with the original insignia as seen in the attached photo.
  21. Simon, The development files refer to it as the 1956 Pattern liner, though it does seem to have rarely been termed as such in later years. it's a murky period still and many of the introduction dates are vague to say the least. The trials process went on for ridiculous periods with some items. The official papers seem only to have survived in a confused and incomplete way. Collectors often refer to MkV helmets but I've never seen any official confirmation of this. It seems obvious that this nomenclature must have been applied to something, as we went from a MkIV helmet to a MkVI, and logic would suggest that a MkIV helmet with a 1956 Pattern liner might well have been intended as a MkV helmet, but the official confirmation just doesn't seem to be there. Many have looked in vain! i'm not exactly sure of when these were first introduced but 1957 may well be the start of production. Regards Paul
  22. And here the LAGR can't be anything other than the lightweight mask, due to the size of the haversack.
  23. Simon, Like you I've seen photos showing the MkVII haversacks. I was surprised to see these as they had officially not been an issue since the 1950s, though they must still have been in the system in large numbers. It is clear from some photos that I've seen that they appear to hold S6 masks. It may be that they were more convenient to wear in the alert position when carrying other kit than either the LAGR and Mk1 S6 Case. Here's one in use, seems to hold an S6 (which you'd expect at this date) judging by the shape, but difficult to be certain of course as the LAGR also had a side filter. Regards Paul
  24. Hello Lauren, Thanks for reply. Yes, the corners look slightly different. These are MW, but I'm sure I read somewhere that they are the same size. I have a few MW parts I don't require and I was wondering if these will actually fit any other type of 15cwt. regards Paul
  25. Will the Bedford MW screens (closed cab type) fit any of the other 15cwts? They look as though they might fit a Fordson, but will they fit anything else (I know they won't fit a Morris, wrong shape!) can anyone enlighten me? cheers Paul apologies if this has been asked before, did a search but couldn't find an answer
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