This manual is intended as a guide to all Gunners, old and new, as to the kit required by the Artillery-men of 1943 – 1945 we are portraying.
This document illustrates the full field order we are to wear in action at public shows. Although in reality the front-line Gun Detachment dressed and behaved very informally, we are on display at all times and therefore owe it to the Veterans, present or not, to look tidy and behave as they would want to be remembered.
It is easy to insult the memory of those who fell, therefore it is imperative they remain uppermost in our minds.
At private Living History Events, and perhaps even at some shows that allow for more realism, those that provide us with authentic, fully-equipped and massed Infantry support, we will be free to dress more accurately and be more authentic.
Certain elements of our dress are standardised as, for the public eye, too much variation causes confusion and worse still, can look sloppy. However, some natural variations will occur and is perfectly correct. These regulations apply to all Gunners and Junior NCOs. The Officers and Senior NCO’s may be individually advised where necessary.
While most members of the Battery are not new to Living History and are already aware of, and fully compliant with the following regulations and personal behaviour requirements, they are included as a central reference and reminder, and are to be adhered to.
0786 L/Bomb Stedman R. F.
(Uniform Advisor) 11/11/43
Cap, General Service
Cap badge, brown plastic (Grenade) without backing.
1937 pattern or 1940 Utility pattern with full insignia.
Kept clean, pressed and good repair.
To be worn fully buttoned by all ranks.
Collar hooks and top button may only be opened at Officer’s discretion.
Belt, 1937 pattern with web equipment, blancoed and brasses polished.
Trousers, Battle-Dress. 1937 or 1940 pattern.
Clean, pressed and in good repair. (Creases should not be razor sharp)
Any combination of 1937 and 1940 pattern Blouse and Trousers is authentic.
Anklets, Web, 1937 pattern, blancoed.
Laces, leather. Note correct style of lacing. (This was to allow boots to be sliced open quickly in the event of injury.)
Boots, Ammunition. Kept clean Dubbined, not polished.
(Shown: 1937 pattern Battle Dress)