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#1 25-12-2015 12:16:14

zip3120
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British Infantryman, France May 1940

Hi firends

here is a very rare set. Early British items are now very difficult to find.

http://i68.tinypic.com/2zhqu7b.jpg

you can see:
a very rare and perfectly matched pair of pouches, Mark 1, 1937 pattern, still in their original mark 1 configuration with the high belt attachment point. This attachment system will be modified after France campaign (MKII) because it was not comfortable in combat. The height of these were lowest of the MKIII as the Sten had not yet debuted in combat.
In 1940, by regulation, the pair of pouches attached to an infantryman must contains 3 chargers for Bren and 1 bandoleer cotton for ammunition from rifle.

The MK V bag, in which is placed the gas mask pattern IV. The bag is visible in the expected position for combat in 1940. It is retained in position by a cord knotted to the two rings on the sides of bag and through-behind the chest through the loops provided on the upper shoulder strap. This complicated system is used to ensure that the mask does not weigh on the neck but its weight is uniformly distributed.

http://i68.tinypic.com/v4bbtg.jpg
http://i66.tinypic.com/ta4fvd.jpg



http://i65.tinypic.com/2roouis.jpg

Here we see the layout of the equipment in the early stages of the war.


The first model of gas cape, used within the France campaign, characteristically was not impregnated of protective substances in the factory, like the next model. Therefore, to fulfill its protective action it had to be soaked in linseed oil by the soldier. This kind of cape was colored khaki or camouflage green and brown.
The Regulation for the battle dress in this first phase of the war required that the protective gas cape was ready for use in few seconds. So it should compulsorily be rolled up and placed on the backpack with the straps fastened in the rings canvas container gas mask.

Poncho is visible under the closing flap of the m 37 backpack.

Entrenching tool was also an item used only during the French campaign. Later in fact, in 1941, this tool, similar to that in use in the various armies of the period was replaced by a new version of the old model 08. This was considered more compact and less mobile.

Noteworthy the bayonet frogs mod. 1908, still produced in this period of the war. This is dated 1940

http://i68.tinypic.com/23kcgsn.jpg
http://i68.tinypic.com/dw2tqu.jpg

Anklets of the first type, with the laces in cotton, are visible.
Later, in the second half of 1942, for war economy you will see the replacement of cotton laces with leather ones.


http://i67.tinypic.com/2dt5yc.jpg

The battle dress mod.37 was the new combat uniform used by British army in the French campaign.
Here we can see the early model of pants mod. 37, as used precisely in May 1940.
In this type of trousers we notice the lacking of button and button hole to field dressing pocket. These will appear only after the combat experience in France.

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#2 25-12-2015 12:22:16

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

http://i67.tinypic.com/pbu6p.jpg


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#3 25-12-2015 16:15:06

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

Very nice presentation.

Thanks for sharing Marco.


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#4 25-12-2015 19:38:56

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

Very nice. Rich A. in Pa.


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#5 25-12-2015 23:03:43

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

Wonderful display - and the added period image is excellent as well. Thanks!
Mark


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#6 26-12-2015 11:48:32

zip3120
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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

hi mates
here are other two trousers pattern 37.

Both have been made in 1940, but the first has been made before France campaign and the second after it. Note the absence and presence of buttonhole and the number of pleats: in early type it was one and then they were two.

http://i64.tinypic.com/2ueqo7n.jpg

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#7 26-12-2015 13:26:04

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

Nice trousers. Rich A. in Pa.


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#8 26-12-2015 20:38:10

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

just wonderful !

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#9 27-12-2015 08:10:39

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

excellent


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#10 28-12-2015 22:56:48

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

Happy Tommies 1940 ! A good website for British item's is http://www.wdmilitaria.co.uk/shop.php Some of my photo's have gone missing from the site I notice I have not took anything off photobucket  so not sure why this is I have therefore deleted a few posts that have lost pics.

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#11 29-12-2015 12:55:05

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

Thanks Eddie for your photo and many thanks for address of the site.
Please is he a fair and reliable seller?
Marco

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#12 29-12-2015 23:39:46

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

Greta photos Zip, Thx for the link Eddie


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#13 30-12-2015 00:25:03

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Re: British Infantryman, France May 1940

zip3120 wrote:

Thanks Eddie for your photo and many thanks for address of the site.
Please is he a fair and reliable seller?
Marco

Hello Marco yes I have dealt with him and had no problems.


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