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    Post by CDNREENACTING Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:11 pm



    Shown here is my current work in progress kit, depicting what a Canadian Army infantryman would of carried during the early 1980's. The kit is based off of the 2PPCLI summer kit list 1983, photo reference, as well as veteran account. Sadly as of now I do not have photos of myself wearing the kit, as my hair is currently not to standard, and it would be unwise of me to display a weapon outside with Canada's current political climate, not at an event. Early 1980's Canadian Forces Kit Pic_110
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    Post by CDNREENACTING Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:14 pm

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    Not all of the photos could be included at once, so here's more. Every item shown is dated correctly, or is an exact copy of the piece of equipment that would of been used at the time, only with a later production date. I plan on substituting these items when possible so that everything is properly dated. I also plan on choosing a unit, and badging the tunic as such.
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    Post by Ian B Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:05 pm

    Well done that man! Takes me back to some fond (and not so fond) memories of my time in. Flash backs to kit layouts and inspections!

    The only bone I would pick with you (picking fly s**t out of pepper) is the socks. Until we were issued the olive drab socks as part of the integrated sock system, we were issued the grey wool socks with the different coloured stitching in the toe. The coloured stitching was to show which size the sock was, each different colour for one different size (as I recall, blue was for my size, 10). Completely grey, but a slightly lighter shade than the ones that you show. The closest that I have seen lately come from Mark's Work Warehouse. While these have a white and black top and black on the toe, they are the closest to what we were issued. But as I said, picking fly s**t out of pepper.

    Other than that, I commend you on your efforts. Make sure every piece is marked with your name or initials and last three numbers of your service number (or SIN) hahaha

    Regards,

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    Post by CDNREENACTING Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:07 pm

    Ian B wrote:Well done that man!  Takes me back to some fond (and not so fond) memories of my time in.  Flash backs to kit layouts and inspections!

    The only bone I would pick with you (picking fly s**t out of pepper) is the socks.  Until we were issued the olive drab socks as part of the integrated sock system, we were issued the grey wool socks with the different coloured stitching in the toe.  The coloured stitching was to show which size the sock was, each different colour for one different size (as I recall, blue was for my size, 10).  Completely grey, but a slightly lighter shade than the ones that you show.  The closest that I have seen lately come from Mark's Work Warehouse.  While these have a white and black top and black on the toe, they are the closest to what we were issued.  But as I said, picking fly s**t out of pepper.

    Other than that, I commend you on your efforts.  Make sure every piece is marked with your name or initials and last three numbers of your service number (or SIN) hahaha

    Regards,

    Ian

    Thank you for the advice Ian, I truly appreciate it. The socks are one of the things on my list to improve, currently they are my issued modern Logistik socks, which are also colour coded, but the colour markings are on the top of the sock, and not the toe. Hopefully in the upcoming weeks I will have my 70s, mid 80s, and 90s kits shown as well.

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    Post by edstorey Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:46 pm

    That is a nice selection of 1980s CF Field equipment!   Looking at the images of the kit that you provided, beyond the grey socks that Ian already mentioned, I don't see any boot bands to secure the bottom of the combat trouser legs.   There were also issue OG 107 towels, long underwear, handkerchiefs and boxer shorts and of course the 'V' neck 'T' shirt that was eventually replaced with a crew neck.   An OG 107 woolen sweater was provided in the 1970s for field use and was replaced in the 1980s with the CF Green sweater.   A decontamination mitt impregnated with Fullers earth was also carried in the Respirator bag and in the mid-1970s a OG 107 Green Housewife started replacing wartime and 1950s-60s examples.

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    I don't recall seeing the MX-212 U Flashlights with the ears beside the on/off switch until the late 1980s or early 1990s with earlier models not having that feature.

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    You also need to switch around the Mess Tin and Waterbottle Carriers as per this photograph.

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    Happy hunting.

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    Post by CDNREENACTING Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:06 pm

    edstorey wrote:That is a nice selection of 1980s CF Field equipment!   Looking at the images of the kit that you provided, beyond the grey socks that Ian already mentioned, I don't see any boot bands to secure the bottom of the combat trouser legs.   There were also issue OG 107 towels, long underwear, handkerchiefs and boxer shorts and of course the 'V' neck 'T' shirt that was eventually replaced with a crew neck.   An OG 107 woolen sweater was provided in the 1970s for field use and was replaced in the 1980s with the CF Green sweater.   A decontamination mitt impregnated with Fullers earth was also carried in the Respirator bag and in the mid-1970s a OG 107 Green Housewife started replacing wartime and 1950s-60s examples.

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    I don't recall seeing the MX-212 U Flashlights with the ears beside the on/off switch until the late 1980s or early 1990s with earlier models not having that feature.

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    You also need to switch around the Mess Tin and Waterbottle Carriers as per this photograph.

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    Happy hunting.

    Thanks for the information. Personally, I've never been a fan of the boot bands, I have always just used the ones built into the trousers. By chance do you happen to have pictures of the long underwear, handkerchiefs, CF green sweater, and boxer shorts? I have been looking for photos, but have been unable to find any. Just want to make sure I get the right ones before I buy. I have both a decon mitt, and housewife on the way. On the topic of the V neck shirts, I currently have two originals. My unit has been on the lookout for some, but we have been unable to find any. Thank you for the correction on the P64 webbing, assembled it in a rush and didn't notice the pouches were put on incorrectly.

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    Post by Ian B Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:37 pm

    Good day Aidan,

    Have no pictures but I'll give a you a basic description of the items you are looking for.

    Boot bands:  It's whatever you choose.  I knew soldiers who used the bands both in garrison and in the field; I knew soldiers, like me, who used the bands in garrison and the combat trouser ties in the field; and, I knew soldiers who used only the trouser ties in both garrison and in the field;

    Long underwear:  A two part garment with a top and bottom.  OD waffle weave cotton.  The top had a crew neck with knit cuffs on the sleeves,  The bottom had an elastic waist band, fly front and knit cuffs on the legs;

    Handkerchief:  Approximately 13"- 14" square OD cotton broadcloth:

    CF green sweater:  Same style as the Brit "wooly pully" sweater, ribbed knit wool with cloth elbow patches, shoulder patches and epaulettes, BUT all in a Rifle green like the CF Service dress uniform; and

    Boxer shorts:  OD cotton broadcloth with elastic waist band and fly front.

    In the next couple of days, I'll hunt through my photos in storage and try to find and scan some pictures of the gear you were asking about.

    Hope this helps.  Stay safe and have fun!

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    Post by CDNREENACTING Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:03 pm

    Ian B wrote:Good day Aidan,

    Have no pictures but I'll give a you a basic description of the items you are looking for.

    Boot bands:  It's whatever you choose.  I knew soldiers who used the bands both in garrison and in the field; I knew soldiers, like me, who used the bands in garrison and the combat trouser ties in the field; and, I knew soldiers who used only the trouser ties in both garrison and in the field;

    Long underwear:  A two part garment with a top and bottom.  OD waffle weave cotton.  The top had a crew neck with knit cuffs on the sleeves,  The bottom had an elastic waist band, fly front and knit cuffs on the legs;

    Handkerchief:  Approximately 13"- 14" square OD cotton broadcloth:

    CF green sweater:  Same style as the Brit "wooly pully" sweater, ribbed knit wool with cloth elbow patches, shoulder patches and epaulettes, BUT all in a Rifle green like the CF Service dress uniform; and

    Boxer shorts:  OD cotton broadcloth with elastic waist band and fly front.

    In the next couple of days, I'll hunt through my photos in storage and try to find and scan some pictures of the gear you were asking about.

    Hope this helps.  Stay safe and have fun!

    Ducimus!  ("We lead"  motto of the Infantry Corps)

    Ian B

    Thank you for the information Ian, I truly appreciate it. As a young guy, I'm trying to get as more information as well documented and accurate as possible, as sadly most people my age don't care for history anymore.

    Cheers,

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    Post by Ian B Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:03 pm

    Attaching two pics of the subj sweater. Photos are from Cyprus, mustering to go on leave. So troops are wearing a separate brassard on each shoulder with UN patch and Canada flag.  No photos of the thermal underwear or boxers (that'd be kinda creepy).  Anyway, hope this gives you a better idea of what to look for.  Sending you a PM.

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    Post by edstorey Sun May 02, 2021 8:26 am

    This is what the OG 107 Green Boxer Shorts looked like.

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