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Unit Equipment and Requirements



Summary

Here you will find the details of the impressions we portray. As enjoyable as this hobby is, it is something of a financial investment to be involved. Below we detail the uniforms and kit required, and the guidelines to both collecting the proper gear, as well as how we enforce authenticity and participation of our members.

These are not meant to be excluding rules, and anyone who gives them a good once over will realize that they are fairly easily met. However, inability/failure to meet the criterion layed out here, may prevent you from properly participating in elements of the events we attend.

So here's the plan...

If you are truly are interested in becoming involved in our unit, or the hobby in general, welcome! And if so, please make the first thing you do before buying any kit or trying to meet any of the requirements below to click on the Contact Us page and talk to us. Several of us have been doing this a very long time, and have accumulated kit that can be loaned out to help lighten the load of collecting your impresson. Also, there's no need to reinvent the wheel.

While I'm sure if your interest has lead you here, you're already one for learning about history, we've been researching and learning about the British Army for years and love to share our knowledge with you. The data below is just for reference, and the listing of our requirements is simply so no one can say we weren't clear about our reasonable expectations.

Basic Kit and Requirements

While most of your impression (the term for the combination of your uniform, equipment, rifle, etc) will consist of items you will collect and improve upon with time, there are some bare bones we will require you to have, either through loans, or purchase before you can set foot on the field. These are the bare essentials, without these it's not fair to let someone on the field as not only will they feel silly, but would be unacceptable in terms of authenticity.

Our primary impression, is that of 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment as they appeared on the beaches of normandy and in the following months. This window of time is the most frequently depicted in the WWII Reenactment community. And while others engage in other periods of time (ourselves included) this will be the most helpful. Luckily, much of the kit was used throughout the war and can be used for multiple time frames. Asterisks indicate the preferred or more flexible item where two items are acceptable.

 

Equipment/Uniforms Photographs
P37*/P40 Battle Dress Uniform. This is a wool uniform, consisting of a tunic and trousers. The standard uniform for most British Army units in everything but very hot weather. P37 was introduced before the war and was seen throughout, making it hte more flexible of the options. Though for D-Day and beyond P40 is appropriate. Battle_Dress

Ammo Boots. These ankle high, black leather boots have hobnails and a toe cap. They were consistent throughout the war.

Ammo Boots

Skeleton Web Set This is the core set of web gear (combat gear) of the British Infantryman. It consists of the following

2 Universal/Bren pouches (with snap closures not tabs)
web braces (suspenders, combat kind not for your trousers)
web belt
water bottle and skeleton holder

Web_set
No. 1 Mk III* / No. 4 Mk I rifle (many loaners available for newbies) This was the standard Service rifle for the British Military, the No. 1 was a carry over from WWI and the No. 4 was phased in for ease of production. no4rifle
P37 Anklets These anklets bind the hem of the trousers to a snug fit with the uppers of the ammo boots so as to keep dirt out of them Anklets
General Service* or Field Service Cap For late-war, the GS cap has been phased in to replace the arguably more stylish FS cap. This is the preferred headwear for latewar, though locating originals or reprodcutions can be troublesome sometimes. GS_cap
MK II Helmet with Liner This helmet was introduced pre-war and its service length varied from unit to unit. All evidence suggests that the 1st Hampshires kept this helmet in use for their entire time in Europe. Helmet

1st Year Requirements

Here you will find the details of the impressions we portray. As enjoyable as this hobby is, it is something of a financial investment to be involved. Below we detail the uniforms and kit required, and the guidelines to both collecting the proper gear, as well as how we enforce authenticity and participation of our members.