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Apropos of nothing much, but showing another wearing of the 1903 bandoliers, pre-war (about 1910) - NCOs from an (Albany-based?) section of the 35th Fortress Company AE.  These were militia and the Engineers were still wearing their blue parade jackets (as I think they continued to do even after the war, but not in the AIF).  Presumably the hat badge (on the slouch-hat turn up) is the 1904 General Service badge (Rising sun) but I'm not sure.  There were several versions of an AE/RAE hat badge but that would seem a touch redundant in conjunction with the AE (letter) badge at the front.  I believe only the GS badge was worn in the AIF (and 2nd AIF, for that matter).  The collar-dogs are not familiar to me - evidently not the familiar form of the "9-flame grenade".

So, not much use at all for WW1 modelling but a nice old photo. Oh, it does demonstrate that Australian troops didn't wear their bayonets (almost) at the groin as shown in some 'artworks' - that would be just the Light Horse regiments.


-- Edited by Rectalgia on Tuesday 19th of October 2010 03:53:58 AM

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A great picture, those different complexions, everyone worth to have some thoughts about.
Technical: I always wonder how these puttees stay 'put', I heard that these things were not very comfortable, too tight they made your leg 'fell asleep', too loose and you had a problem on the march.


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kieffer wrote:

I always wonder how these puttees stay 'put', I heard that these things were not very comfortable, too tight they made your leg 'fell asleep', too loose and you had a problem on the march.




Same here! confuse

 



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Yes, the puttees were fairly useless unless tied just right, the trousers fitted or folded to suit, made of the correct material etc.. Discussed on this page - Diggerhistory. I'm sure there was something of an art to putting them on and - provided the material did not stretch too much - they would stay in place if firmly wrapped well above the calf. Gaiters and jungle boots in my day, fortunately, but those did not provide the support afforded by puttees. Puttees (as issued) could maybe be a liability in cold, wet climates (they originated in India).

Anyway, it seems few kind words were said about them.

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