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HammerHead12 Oct 2014 4:47 a.m. PST

How long were these issued to troops? I have seen 28mm figures with steel helmets and these coats, so that would put them into 1916.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2014 5:03 a.m. PST

My memory says that the were generally supplied by private subscription and that charities ran right up to the end of the war to supply the forces with them.

I'm trying to use Google to confirm this (or find it was wrong). The memory is pretty firm but I can't think where it comes from so may not be correct.

x42

Edit:- To confirm that these

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are what we are talking about and to say my first look at google give some but not sufficient evidence that my memory is not faulty.

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2014 7:00 a.m. PST

Interesting photos and post. Thanks

HammerHead14 Oct 2014 9:42 a.m. PST

I long believed that these coats were 1914 issue only, and later superseded by greatcoats. did not know they were issued until the end of the war.I guess a mix of winter clothing would be OK

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2014 11:34 a.m. PST

You're probably right about issue. My memory says nothing about them being issued but that they were privately bought usually by charity collections and sent out with other 'luxuries' often as just the uncut sheepskin to be made up by the individual soldier.

I wish I could remember why I believe this as I cannot remember doing any research on it in the past or having any other reason to know. Searching in Google gives some confidence in the memory without a definite full confirmation.

x42

spontoon14 Oct 2014 4:01 p.m. PST

Probably superseded by the leather jerkins.

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