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  1. I don't have knowledge about medals but due to the age it may well be an "upper class" thing if you see the shooting figures on the medal, they are wearin traditional jacket and hats that the royals were seen to wear when shooting in that era, 3 of them are aiming or shooting, but not the 4th? Perhaps they are a loader? Perhaps awarded at an "inter-college" or "inter-school" competition?
  2. Aha! thanks, yeah just not covered well in the civilian media. I may well be able to get hold of a copy of that magazine cheers.
  3. Hi all, I'm continuing with my Northern Ireland remeniscence sessions for British troops in Kings lynn, there will soon be a display at Bridge for Heros all about the subject that any one that has served in the MoD will be welcome to visit. I'll give details nearer the time Wondered if anyone that was posted in NI could answer the following: What was it like Patrolling over Christmas? for example Did you work different hours? Where the civilians any different towards you? What were parties like? What was the food like over Christmas? Did you get any special extras or presents from the MoD? Any info would be great, i guess mostly because of security and the lack of photos, I've found it very difficult to find any info photos or stories about what happened to troops over Christmas in NI. Please use fake details if you wish.
  4. LOL my local saddler 🤣 I might have to travel back in time for that! not many of them where I live, I will try to have a look though, the rivets I have are either to small or too big, and the only other ones I've found are the wrong colour, thanks for the advice
  5. wow didn't like the 3 pairs of trousers with the light spotty/blobby patterns, glad they went the MTP, It would be interesting to see where the patterns intended use was, the light greeny coloured one must have only worked in a very small area perhaps grasslands? i still like the pecoc, you can see they really tried to stick with the DPM theme! I just remembered, way back in the late 80's possibly 90's the clothing company S.A.S.S. (famous for making quality SAS style jackets with loads more pockets), they had an option to use military grade "Urban DPM" that looked almost identical to the grey version you're showing. It's funny how grey, white, and black camos like the US "ACU" pop up every few year for a test, only to be proved it's not very good...yet again, lol
  6. To be honest I don't know, I assume it's the domed sort. if they are hollow I can do it myself thanks anyway.
  7. yeah, I think they must be, they are the upgrade of the awful "Boots Hi-leg" and Identical to boots I was issued in the early 90's, which fits in with the Op Granby date. I have seen boots in worse condition mine haven't quite got there yet, Oh well. I might try the re-sole option. I do have a copy of Boots combat High, which look identcal and have the zig-zag tread but the leather is different, I've been told they are Canadian. they seem ok so I can wear them for Public events. shame though, they aren't as comfy!
  8. Hi I was given this SLR or lee Enfield (I assume) sling to attempt a repair, it is cotton canvas and it's blanco'ed white. someone had removed and replaced the original brass rivets with cheap aluminium ones, which also distorted the brass plate . I've managed to remove the alu ones quite easily, but not sure where to get brass replacements, do they exist? or am I going to have to do a mock up? I have brass grommets like you get on the edge of a tarp I could fill with a thicker piece of brass and somehow shape it. otherwise I'm stuck.
  9. ah thought so, good old Kapok! I have a bag of Kapok I bought it from a charity shop!
  10. I have one of these to, but I noticed something quite interesting on a document about the evolution of British Nylon webbing that although it is a NV case, it almost exactly fits the description of a rear pouch "like the 1980 ski bum bag" that was considered to replace kidney pouches that never got further than experimental stage. Is it a coincidence that it has Kidney pouch fittings and a waterbottle or mess tin will also fit in it?
  11. i just noticed some sudden softening of my soles after a public event they have gone from hard rubber to a a point that I can easily bend the grips. I will keep an eye to make sure they don't get worse.
  12. I have a DPM version of these, "windproof" or "SAS" , the crossover thing is weird but comfortable, yours looks the same where the buckle is removeable i'e' buttoned on!
  13. Brilliant recreations there! please show more! I just noticed you even have the US issue flak jacket that was issued in NI! I feel sorry for the soviet guy, I've tried them! those masks are horrible to wear!
  14. I have a distant memory, i can't remember exactly which pouch it was (possibly shop bought Arktis) But i remember there being some discussion that an S10 respirator could be easily stored in another pouch, (to reduce the bulk of the normal resi pouch). There was alot of kit modification in the early 90's in the TA! I think it may have been in reference to a training excersise where masks needed to be carried without NBC gear perhaps it was FIBUA? (which still dosen't quite sound right to me). Obviously it was not following standard or unit SOP's, as you are meanyt to keep everything NBC in the Respirator pouch so it may have just been a discussion with squaddie friends. but as long as what you had still functioned in the way it was designed to and it didn't look too foreign you could get away with quite alot. I guess the guys in the photos are doing just that within a kit boundry (i.e. it's British) , they are using what is comfortable and what works.
  15. Just another idea, if they are RAF issue. the cotton layer is literally just to soak up sweat for comfort. If they were part of aircrew issue, then pilots and aircrew would be wearing thin leather gloves as a fire protection, in which case the rubber gloves could be worn out side these. don't know this for a fact but it would seem to make sense.
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