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Bad Painter06 Nov 2012 8:22 p.m. PST

The other day I was reading the on line memoirs of a Canadian who was in the First Canadian Division during the Sicily Campaign. He mentioned that they sailed from the UK, but cruised up and down the Atlantic Coast of North Africa for a few weeks before heading into the Mediterranean. It wasn't until they passed the Straits of Gibraltar that they had any clue of where they might end up. This would lead me to think they hadn't been issued special clothing. Does anyone know if they were wearing woolen battledress or did they get 8th Army style kit & shorts at the last minute?

captain canada06 Nov 2012 8:25 p.m. PST

My recollection is that they were issued kahki drill so shorts etc.

KAM

Personal logo Tango 2 3 Ditto Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 8:38 p.m. PST

It's been a very long time since I read And No Bird Sang, but I seem to recall either from the book or the related reading I'd done at the time that capt Canada ( obviously a watcher of "Canada's Super Station" laugh) said is correct.
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Tim

Personal logo Jamesonsafari Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 9:27 p.m. PST

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Tropical shirts and shorts. Switched to woollen BDs once winter started to come on in Italy.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2012 6:28 a.m. PST

As noted, khaki drill shirts and shorts for the first part of the campaign then standard battle dress – I saw a few photos/paintings in the Royal Canadian Regiment museum and they are dressed very much like the 8th Army in North Africa

After it got cold, back to BD

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troopwo Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2012 6:58 a.m. PST

Sicily in July and August, shorts.

spontoon07 Nov 2012 6:00 p.m. PST

Farley Mowat, who was there, tells that they landed in Khaki drill but it was torn apart by the terrain and vegetation in Sicily so they switched to BD tousers when their kit caught up to them.

UpperCanada07 Nov 2012 7:09 p.m. PST

If I recall, the BD kit wasn't able to follow everyone and get re-issued until troops settled into and around Campobasso (Maple Leaf City) in late November, early December 1943, and cleaned up.

Most remember its arrival, because of the KD rags barely hanging on and cold starting to set in.

(from various diaries and memoirs from 1st Division regiments)

Windward03 Dec 2012 9:09 p.m. PST
spontoon05 Dec 2012 7:49 p.m. PST

H'mmm. Interesting how many of the images linked above show different orders of dress in one small unit!

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