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British Infantry Equipments
(2) 1908-2000

by Mike Chappell 
with colour plates by the author

 

 

S u m m a r y

Publishers Details: Published by Osprey Publishing Ltd, January 2000
ISBN: 1 85532 839 9
Contents: 48 pages, photographs, colour plates.
Price: Price 7.99/US$12.95
Review Type: Book Review
Advantages: Excellent coverage of British Army leather and webbing belts, packs etc, right up to date.
Disadvantages: You're left to wonder whether Commonwealth units were wearing the same equipment.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended to all diorama and figure enthusiasts wanting to model 20th Century British soldiers.

 

Reviewed by John Prigent

 

FullRead

This book is really good, covering all the different equipments worn in enough detail to enable the modeller to "get it right". 

The changes in materials and layouts are described. The differences between Marching, Field, Drill, etc Orders are covered too and special carrying equipments like the Battle Jerkin are here as well. 

The various patterns of canteen and mess tins are shown, and about the only thing that could trip up an unwary modeller would be to assume without checking that a particular unit was actually using the latest pattern equipment. For instance, my REME units 1959-62 wore not the 1958 pattern web equipment, or even the 1944 but the 1937! But once you've established what equipment was worn by your chosen soldier this book will give you all the information you need to make sure he's properly kitted out. 

This is an invaluable book for modellers, higly recommended.


Review Copyright 2000 by John Prigent
Page Created 20 March, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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