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Equipment 1908 Field Equipment

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Dan Morton, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    Pattern 08 Web Infantry Equipment was almost all canvas, brass and other kinds of metal with an aluminum water bottle (canteen to us Americans). After the British army converted from red and blue uniforms to khaki as a result of its experiences in South Africa and India, the change to khaki canvas and web infantry field equipment fit the same reduced visibility approach. Greater visibility [all other things being equal] = easier target acquisition.

    It would probably be difficult to test scientifically, but it would be surprising if these changes didn't result in increased survival on the battle field for the Tommy. By the same approach it would be surprising if the dark blue coat and madder red trousers worn by the Poilus in 1914 didn't have the opposite effect!

    To help us sculptors and conversion modelers, some dimensions of some 1908 equipment
    Helves of entrenching equipment – 16.5 inches in length
    Haversack – 11 x 9 x 2 inches
    Back pack – 15 x 13 x 4 inches
    Webbing generally 1 inch in width
    Belt – 3 inches in width
    Suspenders or braces – 2 inches in width
    1908 water bottle – 9.5 inches in length x 1 inch in width with 2 inch by 1 inch reinforcing webbing

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  2. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    Pattern 08 after 1918 modifications...

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  3. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    Pattern 08 pre-1914 without large pack...

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  4. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    Pattern 08 pistol order...

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  5. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    Pattern 08 suspenders or braces...

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  6. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    Pattern 08 canteen holder, canteen, rifle sling, bag...

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