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« on: 28 January 2020, 04:42:53 PM »

Having been inspired  by the triumph of d_guy (Bill) and his Irish/Scots range - or indeed Dave's Elizabethans, I am moved to consider a modest range in the post war era.

No really that ambitious - basically Korean war Tropical British KRB1-KRB14, Lee Enfield Mk4, 37 pattern web, but with new heads - and berets !

From WW2 to 1958 would be their application.

A good idea ?


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« Reply #1 on: 28 January 2020, 05:55:13 PM »

Sounds cool
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« Reply #2 on: 28 January 2020, 06:16:41 PM »

Sounds brilliant. Think I suggested just such a thing when the Korean range first came out. Evidence!

Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: 28 January 2020, 07:32:58 PM »

Yes , you did !    

And I was sorely tempted to put them in berets and helmets !

But the evidence from primary source photographic images was that the first Brits in Korea deployed in the bushhat - so we went with the evidence.  Sad
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« Reply #4 on: 29 January 2020, 01:19:11 PM »

Well, I'll do them...I'm sure Leon won't mind me doing those, James.

Cheers - Phil
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« Reply #5 on: 29 January 2020, 02:56:48 PM »

Berets in the 50's were semi-parade, bush hats and the da**d turtle for action.

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« Reply #6 on: 29 January 2020, 04:41:04 PM »

Berets in the 50's were semi-parade, bush hats and the da**d turtle for action.

Once did an image search for British forces in the Suez Crisis, most of them in the field seemed to be wearing berets, a few were in helmets. Can't remember seeing a bush hat.
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« Reply #7 on: 29 January 2020, 05:25:23 PM »

Once did an image search for British forces in the Suez Crisis, most of them in the field seemed to be wearing berets, a few were in helmets. Can't remember seeing a bush hat.

Bush hat was issue for Far East and Kenya (still is).  Suez Crisis saw Royal Marines,  Paratroopers - berets and Dension (WW2 will do) and amongst other units the I see Cheshires and Ox and Bucks cap badges and Royal Scots ?  Ahhh-  I have found an OOB -  it was quite a large operation !

.  Make a hell of a wargame.

Even includes Centurions!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: 31 January 2020, 05:53:20 PM »

Marines traditionally wear berets on landing.
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« Reply #9 on: 01 February 2020, 12:08:23 AM »

The standard practice was and is related to what is "incoming".

If there is a danger of mortar/artillery or rocket/bombs then helmets are worn.

The helmet has little or no protection from ball ammo.  The helmet can also dull reaction and senses.   Berets cause less fatigue and are more comfortable. Hence berets were banned from annual BFT.  You started and finished in a helmet.

Hence beret order is usual where there is no risk from shrapnel.

There are of course three other beret wearing factors:

1. elite units like to swan their beret.   Paras and Marines will don the lid ASAP.

2, The beret can also signal a reassurance to civilian population in a way  that underplays military presence in their midst.   We were taught in N Ireland to cradle the SLR in  a casual manner when on the street.   You could recognise the Brit by that stance - it was common in the Falklands. 

3.  Special non aggressive status - the blue UN beret is a good example.
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