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 Post subject: Normandy kit.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:37 am 
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After chatting with some 46 (RM) Cdo veteran friends I was interested to find out the following info about their Normandy kit.


Berets were worn with cap badge facing out. Helmets had been issued but had to be handed back during the voyage across. They were told it was good for moral! Later their cap badges would either be turned inside the beret with only the pin showing or completely removed.

Best battledress tops were worn with insignia showing.

Denim bottoms were worn by all. These were only replaced later in year when the weather turned cooler.

Cdo rucksacks were carried, small packs were also carried on the hip using a shoulder strap.

A mixture of ammoboots and rubber soled cdo boots were worn. Which type depended on a mixture of luck and money.

F S knives were only carried by a few of the younger men as they were considerred 'too flash' and 'for show offs'.

Toggle ropes were not carried. They were only ever used during training in the UK.


The above information comes from 3 veterans of A & Y Troops, 46 (RM) Cdo.


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Why would they turn the badges in?

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Funnily enough I spoke to a couple of 3 Commando veterans a few years back who also said they wore denim trousers for the landing as they'd found on exercise that wool caused chafing if they had a wet landing then had to march any distance. Also I saw some cracking footage of R.M. Commandos in Normandy the other day on the Pathe website and noticed a few of them were wearing denim trousers with wool blouses, so it's nice to have it confirmed from another source. I'll try and fine the link again as it's worth a watch.

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Can't find the film itself at the moment, but I did find a still I'd grabbed at the time:

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Pfc-Grunt wrote:
Why would they turn the badges in?


All the veterans I've spoken to kept their cap badges polished, apparently another moral thing. So, depending on which troop they were in, when in going action they either removed or reversed their cap badges rather than present a nice shiny target for snipers.


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AMMOBOOT wrote:
Pfc-Grunt wrote:
Why would they turn the badges in?


All the veterans I've spoken to kept their cap badges polished, apparently another moral thing. So, depending on which troop they were in, when in going action they either removed or reversed their cap badges rather than present a nice shiny target for snipers.


Ah, makes sense.

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Rordog wrote:
Check the rounds on the far right chap's leg, sewn on? Seen this done by Cdo on a BD before.


Interesting that it looks like it's single rounds rather than clips. Tracer or incendiary for marking targets perhaps?

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Helmet story I got different one from no4 Cmdo veterans. It was worn during the fights immediatly after the landing.

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