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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 14:29 pm 
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Hi there.
Im planning to reenact a SOE Force 136 Burma.
Im an officer in operating in the Highlands of Burma with a small group of Gurkha's.

My orders are to monitor and spot Jap troop movements and radio back to HQ via the high ground.
Also to gather intel on installations and potentially destroy these installations.

Ive read quite a lot about such SOE officers and I have the uniform hammered down quite well.

Boots up uniform....
Ammo boots or Taki Boots.
Putties.
Khaki Drill or Jungle Green british trousers. if early WW2 then Khaki Drill. Im looking for early.
Brown Indian made Angora Shirt (it was cold at night on the tops).
Light brown webbing.
Jungle Machette (for the use of).
Binoc's Webbing case and Binoc's (spotting troops)
Compass webbing case & compass. (Intel reporting positions).
Kukri (good general use knife and silent kill)
M1 Carbine (fast fire ability).
No ensignia needed as the SOE's never wore it.

I am yet to aquire the trousers, shirt, case & compass.
M1 Carbine was often used by SOE but im not in a reenactment group.

Can anyone think of any other equipment standard for SOE?

Might finish it off with a nice black pipe (for character)

Thanks from Bob.

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Sounds interesting. I can imagine that sourcing the Gurkhas may be the hardest part of putting your impression together.

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Bazooka Joe wrote:
Sounds interesting. I can imagine that sourcing the Gurkhas may be the hardest part of putting your impression together.


No thats the scene.

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Hi Bob,

Good to see someone else with an interest in that theatre, Burma.

We also focus on that theatre of the war and portray a number of impressions.

142 Commando company.

Chindits - Operation Thursday, 2nd Chindit expedition.

2nd, Nyasaland Battalion King's African rifles, 14th Army, Arakan campaign.

Sourcing the kit is surprisingly easy.

There are one or two items that inevitably prove difficult, but generally speaking it's easy enough.

You are quite correct, early war Khaki drill was worn in Burma and later on after 43 the KD's were batch dyed.

We all dyed our kit with Dylon, 09, dark green, ( available from Wilko's ) which gave us a bob on match or as near as.

Kukri, not a problem, there's stacks of em about. If you can get a British issue one then great, but a lot of troops were issued over there with the smaller Indian issue Kukri's, which are in plentiful supply.

If you want to spend on a quality scratch built Nepalese Gurkha Kukri, then take a look at this site, Tora blades, great stuff on here fella.

www.torablades.com/

I'm not hugely genned up on SOE in Burma, so some of it i can't help you with. However, we have a chap in our group who does have some depth of knowledge in that area so i'll scope him out for help with some of your requests.

Carbine, again, you can get them everywhere, just sold a nice one myself, but always plenty about chap.

If we can help, pm me and i'll assist where i can.

Good luck with it, sounds interesting pal.

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May not be much use for you if you're after earlier stuff, but Panzerfaust on Ebay has started doing repro KD and JG tropical battledress trousers.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW2-British-J ... 1134370151

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Cool, are they reliable, any good..???

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Jonny wrote:
Hi Bob,

Good to see someone else with an interest in that theatre, Burma.

We also focus on that theatre of the war and portray a number of impressions.

142 Commando company.

Chindits - Operation Thursday, 2nd Chindit expedition.

2nd, Nyasaland Battalion King's African rifles, 14th Army, Arakan campaign.

Sourcing the kit is surprisingly easy.

There are one or two items that inevitably prove difficult, but generally speaking it's easy enough.

You are quite correct, early war Khaki drill was worn in Burma and later on after 43 the KD's were batch dyed.

We all dyed our kit with Dylon, 09, dark green, ( available from Wilko's ) which gave us a bob on match or as near as.

Kukri, not a problem, there's stacks of em about. If you can get a British issue one then great, but a lot of troops were issued over there with the smaller Indian issue Kukri's, which are in plentiful supply.

If you want to spend on a quality scratch built Nepalese Gurkha Kukri, then take a look at this site, Tora blades, great stuff on here fella.

http://www.torablades.com/

I'm not hugely genned up on SOE in Burma, so some of it i can't help you with. However, we have a chap in our group who does have some depth of knowledge in that area so i'll scope him out for help with some of your requests.

Carbine, again, you can get them everywhere, just sold a nice one myself, but always plenty about chap.

If we can help, pm me and i'll assist where i can.

Good luck with it, sounds interesting pal.


Hey Jon and thanks so much for the return.
Yes I have a Kukri, but thanks for the link.
Im hopefully getting my Khaki drill trousers from SOF this weekend.
Still having issues finding a Brown Angora Shirt.
Searching for a compass and case.

My interest is from my Father, who was in Burma throughout the war. As always he didnt talk about his experience, though I was able to get him to give me some pieces of his service before he died when I was 26 years old.
He was initially a private and his troop was captured and he spent a short amount of time as a POW.
However he escaped from the camp with three other POW's and made it back over the British lines.
He helped the HQ, build a map of the positions and camp and later in the war it was liberated my the Americans.
He told me that he was then send to Kandy in Ceylon for further training. He then was sent to be a Body Guard for Mountbatten.
He was then attached to a Gurkha regiment in the 17th Indian Div and he fought with them to the end of the War. He told me he worked behind enemy lines!
After some research of these facts, I find that Kandy in Ceylon was the SOE HQ, including Force 136.
Additionally why was he a body Guard?

Anyway its a reenactment of love for my father. I dont know if he was SOE or not but its a focus at least.

Regards Bob.

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Bazooka Joe wrote:
May not be much use for you if you're after earlier stuff, but Panzerfaust on Ebay has started doing repro KD and JG tropical battledress trousers.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW2-British-J ... 1134370151


Hi there and thanks for the reply.
Thanks for the ebay link, however they are from Hong Kong and they have a no return policy.

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Bazooka Joe wrote:
Sounds interesting. I can imagine that sourcing the Gurkhas may be the hardest part of putting your impression together.


I'll just find a bunch of guys under the minimum wage!

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Jonny wrote:
Hi Bob,

Good to see someone else with an interest in that theatre, Burma.

We also focus on that theatre of the war and portray a number of impressions.

142 Commando company.

Chindits - Operation Thursday, 2nd Chindit expedition.

2nd, Nyasaland Battalion King's African rifles, 14th Army, Arakan campaign.

Sourcing the kit is surprisingly easy.

There are one or two items that inevitably prove difficult, but generally speaking it's easy enough.

You are quite correct, early war Khaki drill was worn in Burma and later on after 43 the KD's were batch dyed.

We all dyed our kit with Dylon, 09, dark green, ( available from Wilko's ) which gave us a bob on match or as near as.

Kukri, not a problem, there's stacks of em about. If you can get a British issue one then great, but a lot of troops were issued over there with the smaller Indian issue Kukri's, which are in plentiful supply.

If you want to spend on a quality scratch built Nepalese Gurkha Kukri, then take a look at this site, Tora blades, great stuff on here fella.

http://www.torablades.com/

I'm not hugely genned up on SOE in Burma, so some of it i can't help you with. However, we have a chap in our group who does have some depth of knowledge in that area so i'll scope him out for help with some of your requests.

Carbine, again, you can get them everywhere, just sold a nice one myself, but always plenty about chap.

If we can help, pm me and i'll assist where i can.

Good luck with it, sounds interesting pal.


Hey Jon and thanks so much for the return.
Yes I have a Kukri, but thanks for the link.
Im hopefully getting my Khaki drill trousers from SOF this weekend.
Still having issues finding a Brown Angora Shirt.
Searching for a compass and case.

My interest is from my Father, who was in Burma throughout the war. As always he didnt talk about his experience, though I was able to get him to give me some pieces of his service before he died when I was 26 years old.
He was initially a private and his troop was captured and he spent a short amount of time as a POW.
However he escaped from the camp with three other POW's and made it back over the British lines.
He helped the HQ, build a map of the positions and camp and later in the war it was liberated my the Americans.
He told me that he was then send to Kandy in Ceylon for further training. He then was sent to be a Body Guard for Mountbatten.
He was then attached to a Gurkha regiment in the 17th Indian Div and he fought with them to the end of the War. He told me he worked behind enemy lines!
After some research of these facts, I find that Kandy in Ceylon was the SOE HQ, including Force 136.
Additionally why was he a body Guard?

Anyway its a reenactment of love for my father. I dont know if he was SOE or not but its a focus at least.

Regards Bob.

Great stuff Bob, sounds very interesting chap.

If we see each other at an event soon i'll chew your ear off and have a chin wag mate.

What type of compass you after ..???

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Great stuff Bob, sounds very interesting chap.

If we see each other at an event soon i'll chew your ear off and have a chin wag mate.

What type of compass you after ..???[/quote]

Thats a good question and I dont know.
Can you help?
It would be used for general use, but to mainly use to spot and then find the coordinates to radio back to HQ for troop movements.
Have you any idea's of the ideal compass available at that time. Probably British issue though American gear was always available in the Burma Theatre.

Regards Bob.

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Could be either, brass prismatic or marching compass, i'll pm you some details Bob.

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Material: Black painted brass
Size: 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/4"
Weight: 9 1/2 oz.
Needle: Jeweled, (originally) liquid-damped card
Graduation: Cardinal points; graduated in degrees, in full circle
Stop: None
Crystal: Glass

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Mk III
English Broad Arrow
89C338
1941
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Manufacturer: T. G. Co. Ltd, London


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Jonny wrote:
Material: Black painted brass
Size: 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/4"
Weight: 9 1/2 oz.
Needle: Jeweled, (originally) liquid-damped card
Graduation: Cardinal points; graduated in degrees, in full circle
Stop: None
Crystal: Glass

Markings:

Mk III
English Broad Arrow
89C338
1941
TG Co Ltd
Manufacturer: T. G. Co. Ltd, London


Thanks so much.

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Stacks of them about Bob, always shed loads on Ebay mate, expect to pay for a good working one, in reasonable condition between £25 - £40 quid, no more.

Compass web pouches are also around in plentiful supply, again lots on ebay, or dig around at militaria fairs, you'll land one for about 10 - 15 quid.

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I'm now working back on this reenactment after finishing my first uniform.

Im looking for a brown angora shirt.
There was direct access to american gear for these special forces.
Ive seen some american brown shirts. Would this be enough?

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