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Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by Beans and Chips pls, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. ex killick

    ex killick Ex-Matelot

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    Dead Sea was just P7RD.
     
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  2. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    And the Ark with Noah? ;)

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  3. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    Not slate, parchment maybe! :D

    Just to set the record straight(ish) I did not wear yellow, or have the Duke of Albany as my Boss, but I did have these, which I believe at least one other member wore:

    Puttees.jpg
    Alan
     
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  4. Chelonian

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    Those cheese grater insoles! :eek:
     
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  5. ave!

    ave! Royal Marines Commando

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    And putees ... is it true they were worn in the field?
     
  6. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    Aden-1967.jpg From Aden to Borneo and everywhere in between! Attached is a photo, not Royal, but this was the standard rig for a street patrol in Aden! Note the long KD socks with puttees! The socks had garter tabs in the Unit colours, i.e. red, blue and white. All resplendent with staybrite cap badge!


    Alan
     
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  7. R

    R Well-Known Member

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    Seen afew Aden documentaries, it was the first time the British Media really turned on the Military and the actions of Col Mitchell and the actions of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders is a riveting story. Aden hasn't changed much between then an now development wise.
     
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  8. Requiem

    Requiem New Member

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    Any you recommend?
     
  9. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    I wasn't there, but know lots of guys that were. The Argyles aren't popular as Royal were tasked with securing Crater prior to the Jocks moving in and taking the glory. A really good read is the book Four Five, which takes in that part of the history of the Unit.

    Apparently it was a good draft of 12 months and for a lot of guys straight out of the box. Plenty of action and then after their 12 months, picking up a draft to either 40 or 42 in Singapore. Life was good back then!

    Alan
     
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  10. Chelonian

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    Puttees were a total pain. The DMS boots would be as comfy as slippers after being broken in. Unfortunately they were also about as effective as slippers in the field.
    There wasn't much choice of boots for private purchase either. In the 1970s blokes often bought surplus German para boots to use in the field.

    In urban environments in Northern Ireland many blokes wore NI boots which were lighter, high top boots and supposedly better suited to the streets. But they looked good which was obviously most important. As the saying goes, looking Tacti-cool is better than looking Tactical. :)
     
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  11. MassamanDave

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    Which unit are you based at and what do you do??
     
  12. ave!

    ave! Royal Marines Commando

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    That rig with the selous scout style shorts is hoofin.

    Love pics and dit’s like that
     
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    My grandfather served under Selous in the First World War...25th (Frontiersmen) Service Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, British East Africa.
     
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  14. ave!

    ave! Royal Marines Commando

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    The padre at chicksands is an ex selous scout I’ve heard....
     
  15. beans

    beans New Member

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    Quality bloke.
     
  16. Beans and Chips pls

    Beans and Chips pls Royal Marines Commando

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    These were field boots???!!
     
  17. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    Yep! As useless as they looked and when they fell to bits you had to BUY another pair! Dits from 1982 are strong that RMs were taking the boots from dead Argies, as they were far superior to the DMS.

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  18. The guide

    The guide Royal Marines Commando

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    Boots , puttee,s and a 58 pattern back pack and poncho roll.....and a shiny tin helmet..got issued those in 86 still..!!
     
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  19. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    When did the combat high boots come in?

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    The guide Royal Marines Commando

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    Just on the 88 to 90??? ,s depending which service...i was crab air at the time so the last tranche of issue.
     
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