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Afternoon all.

Thought i'd start a thread here for anyone going on XXX Corp 2024 to meet up.

Its my first time on this event and i'm taking our Scammell Pioneer SV/2S.

I wondered if those who have been before could give a bit of info on a couple of queries i had:

- Are any showering facilities made available?

- What is the expectation regarding clothing? Are we expected to be in full on period dress for the period at Lommel before setting off on the convoy? 

- What is the expectation regarding tenting. Would my US small wall tent be acceptable?

Thanks. Richard

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Great idea, there is a group of us headed over from Guernsey for this event, a few I know have participated before and have said some areas are hard standing so the modern 9x9 tents fair better, this year is new locations however so I am not sure exactly what the areas of going static are. 

 

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evening richard 

there are usually very good washing facilities at the big camping areas but other wise it's fend for your self but it's not to bad. in 2019 we did camp in town some times so you want to be able to hang either a 9x9 or a canvas from the side of the scammell and tie on to another vehicle etc. the 1st 4 nights me and jason just slept under the rogers which is how it would have been done sometimes. but the tenting thing isn't restricted long as it's green really and fits in and not a modern pop up tent if you know what i mean.

uniform wise there only serious on it ounce the 1st day of the tour actually begins, ounce parked up for the day you can change out but we found ounce your in uniform you kinda automatically stay in it.

we also found when you stop in towns during the day or at the end there's always little shops to run into to get fresh food every day or at least every other day. plus they do crate exchanges on the beer so you buy the 1st full crate then there after you take the crate in with the empties and the next one is like 1/2 the price. so safe to say me and jason were regularly on the boil 

regards sam

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Hi Richard 

It’s a first for me as well, I’m not part of a group that’s going, just myself and my son taking a Fordson wot6, it would be good to get to know other people in the same boat. 
 

Regards Seamus

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34 minutes ago, 67burwood said:

Hi Richard 

Its a first for me as well, I’m not part of a group that’s going, just myself and my son, it would be good to get to know other people to the same boat. 
 

Regards Seamus

Hi mate, there are 4 of us going. We've got a Bedford MW and a Chevy F15. Be good to see you again. 

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Hi Richard, 

All being well I am taking my Bedford full cab MW in convoy with a friend and  his aero screen Bedford MW on the XXX Corps run this September. 

From my memories of the 2019 event, I seem to remember full shower facilities were only available at 3 locations, the first marshalling location at Valkenswaard,  another at the American landing Zone outside of Nijmegen (after a number of days driving and washing in a bucket this was very welcome ) and one at the final marshalling yard south off Arnhem.  

At all overnight stops there had good and very clean toilet facilities,  limited hot food usually burger vans or something similar. We took a petrol cooker and made our own food each night. As had been mentioned with the numerous stops  for town events, there are plenty of opportunities to grab some fresh food which we used to supplement a selection of tinned stews we brought with us. At most of the towns they laid on a bit of lunch and made us feel so welcome.

As for uniform, everyone was in uniform for the whole period, but it relaxed for the evenings.                                                          We all went in battle dress, marked up as the 11th bridging unit RE, we took boots, gaiters, collarless shirts, tin hats and battle dress.  But tbh most guys were in overalls and unbadged, but everyone made an effort to stay in uniform and it was pretty impressive to see. Days were very hot, but the nights were very cold at times so bring a jumper or two.  lol

The biggest thing we took away from it, was that some of the days are really long, 5am starts and not pulling into a lager point until 9 or 10pm. then it was set up camp, eat and getting your head down for the night work. so the key is work out how to get up your sleeping arrangements fast and make it simple. 

For us we put our Bedford's back to back, put some scaffold boards between the two open tail gates and lashed a tarp over the top, this gave us a way to camp without the need for pegs into the ground. we could do this in 10mins by the end.

 

Hope this helps I am no means experienced at tours, 2019 was my first so if anyone has any other advice that would be brilliant, and  I look forward to seeing you all there!

Alan 

 

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3 hours ago, DFC1943Fl.Lt. said:

Hi mate, there are 4 of us going. We've got a Bedford MW and a Chevy F15. Be good to see you again. 

Hello mate, good to hear, see you in September 👍

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I'll be at a encampment on the Island of Lent (basically the North side of the Waal river). 

We will do the Waalcrossing and battle.

Maybe I'll see you crossing the Bridge we'll liberate for you?

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Soldier of Fortune now sell a good repro of the WW2 AFV crew shelter (pretty sure this has been discussed on here, but I couldnt find it).. this designed to lash to the side of your vehicle.. or can be used with optional poles (I am using the 5ft 6in marquee side wall poles) so you can drive away... or I guess 2 of these lashed together could make a reasonable tent. Available in brown, tan and green I think.

https://www.sofmilitary.co.uk/shop-re-enactment/canvas-tents-and-accessories/bivouac-vehicle-shelter-tent-canvas-only-brown.html

Uniform wise, an easy option is Denim Battle Dress or Denim tank suit with boots and beret... belt and gaiters too depending on the unit.

 

Tim

 

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1 hour ago, Enigma said:

So, just wondering.

Which one to choose,  Kay Canvas or GSE?

Sizes. I am 6 foot (182.5 CM) but skinny. What size would I need?

The Kay Canvas one says dimensions are for 5ft poles, no idea about GSE (hadnt noticed there was a different manufacturer of the WW2 tent)

I will be using it with 5ft 6in poles (cos that's what I have already and I dont see the point of buying yet more poles)... hoping the weather is dry and doesnt necessitate hiding under canvas. Theory is the tent is for sleeping in only, so unless you hang upside down when sleeping, you shouldnt need the height 😉

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1 hour ago, Packhow75 said:

The Kay Canvas one says dimensions are for 5ft poles, no idea about GSE (hadnt noticed there was a different manufacturer of the WW2 tent)

I will be using it with 5ft 6in poles (cos that's what I have already and I dont see the point of buying yet more poles)... hoping the weather is dry and doesnt necessitate hiding under canvas. Theory is the tent is for sleeping in only, so unless you hang upside down when sleeping, you shouldnt need the height 😉

OOPS, I wasn't clear.

I reffered to the Denim Tanksuits.

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2 hours ago, Enigma said:

OOPS, I wasn't clear.

I reffered to the Denim Tanksuits.

Be advised that Soldier of Fortune have had a few problems with the denim tank overalls shrinking, their customer service has been very good and they have changed manufacturers, my son is currently waiting for a new stock to arrive so they can exchange his denims. 

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3 hours ago, Enigma said:

OOPS, I wasn't clear.

I reffered to the Denim Tanksuits.

Ah.. yeh, that makes more sense!

I tried on a repro tanksuit which apparently was from Kay Canvas... it was XL and a bit tight... so ordered a XXL one... which duly arrived and is clearly for someone around 7ft 6 with a 60 inch waist. I now have a Large tanksuit from Kay and it's around 1.5 inch too long in the arms and legs (will get it adjusted). I am 5ft 11in (edit, but not skinny having had way too many pies and beer with a now 39.5 inch waist if I breathe in).

So, I think likely if you are 6ft you will find the Large denim tanksuit from Kay a good fit. My only complaint with so far it is the waist belt buckle which isnt the right pattern.

NB - Got the tanksuit a couple of weeks ago - given the comment about shrinkage, I think I will wash mine first before we consider alterations.

Hope that helps

 

Tim

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3 hours ago, Packhow75 said:

Ah.. yeh, that makes more sense!

I tried on a repro tanksuit which apparently was from Kay Canvas... it was XL and a bit tight... so ordered a XXL one... which duly arrived and is clearly for someone around 7ft 6 with a 60 inch waist. I now have a Large tanksuit from Kay and it's around 1.5 inch too long in the arms and legs (will get it adjusted). I am 5ft 11in (edit, but not skinny having had way too many pies and beer with a now 39.5 inch waist if I breathe in).

So, I think likely if you are 6ft you will find the Large denim tanksuit from Kay a good fit. My only complaint with so far it is the waist belt buckle which isnt the right pattern.

NB - Got the tanksuit a couple of weeks ago - given the comment about shrinkage, I think I will wash mine first before we consider alterations.

Hope that helps

 

Tim

My first pair of overalls were bought earlier this year, they were XL and fitted perfectly, washed them once on a cool wash and hung them to dry, tried them on a couple of days later and they shrunk by about 3 inches!! Contacted Soldier of Fortune who were very helpful and set me a returns label. When they received them, they confirmed they had shrunk beyond normal expectations, they told me they were currently having a new batch  made by a different manufacturer, I received the new XL pair a few weeks later and they were clearly made for a giant!! ( slight sizing problem ) they sent me out a L, washed exactly the same and no issues, fit perfectly, the new ones I received have a Made in Pakistan, the old ones didn’t. My son bought a pair at The Overlord show and these were from the old batch, shrunk by about 3 inches,  currently waiting for new ones being made 🤞

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If it is of any interest I have a genuine denim tank suit which comfortably fits someone 6ft. Complete with buckled belt & internal straps to extricate wearer from a tank. I will take it to Capel for inspection & sensible offers.

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12 minutes ago, fv1609 said:

If it is of any interest I have a genuine denim tank suit which comfortably fits someone 6ft. Complete with buckled belt & internal straps to extricate wearer from a tank. I will take it to Capel for inspection & sensible offers.

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Here is another photo that shows the internal straps. There is one button missing on the pocket (arrowed) & 3mm hole on lower part of front left leg (circled) otherwise I think it is complete.

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Sounds like it was a good plan setting this thread up, lots of good info being exchanged. Thanks to everyone who has contributed. 

I’m not normally into the whole dressing up thing. I’ve got a denim overall that i got for A&E few years ago,, so planning on wearing that prob with some modern shorts and a khaki t-shirt underneath. I want to get one decent battle dress and a set of denims. But he sounds of it I’d better crack on to cover any errors in sizing. 

Planning on taking my repro US small wall tent for me and Daren my co-driver to kip in. If we have to put it up in a hurry or on hard ground can always chuck it over the back wheels on one side of the scammell and fashion a sort of bivouac out of it.

Cooking wise I’m thinking my camping gaz cooker and lots of tinned stew, coupled with some locally sourced beers 😀

Would also like to try and find a large canvas sheet that i can put over say the back end and cab of the scammell if its going to rain. Seems a difficult thing to find so any good leads would be appreciated. 

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13 hours ago, Scammell4199 said:

I’m not normally into the whole dressing up thing. I’ve got a denim overall that i got for A&E few years ago,, so planning on wearing that prob with some modern shorts and a khaki t-shirt underneath. I want to get one decent battle dress and a set of denims. But he sounds of it I’d better crack on to cover any errors in sizing. 

Very wise... the wool underpants can be a bit itchy.

Stick to a presentable outer layer - perhaps some cotton shirts to allow you to remove the BD Blouse if the weather is daftly hot.

Then Beret/Badge, Boots, Gaiters and belt.

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