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mark7214 Mar 2017 3:06 a.m. PST

Hi,

how long after ww1 could gurkhas with bandolier and ww1 tropical gear be used? Especially if I use them as irregular units like Assam military police, Burma military police etc. Maybe early ww2, too?

Thanks

kustenjaeger15 Mar 2017 1:45 p.m. PST

The bandolier often seems to be referred to as a cavalry bandolier. Not obvious on pictures even in 1919 NW frontier and certainly not present in pictures of training in Malaya in 1941.

Edward

Gaz004516 Mar 2017 1:33 a.m. PST

The cavalry bandolier was the leather pouched one, there was a canvas/webbing bandolier that held 50/100 rounds in clips for the Lee Enfield. The bandolier was used as a reserve supply, ammo 'advancing' to keep the pouches topped up, hence it was often left with the large pack and only worn on the march.
Some TA formations deployed to France in 1940 with WW1 uniforms and equipment….
Check the photos around of Imperial formations in the early years of WW2, the South Africans in Ethiopia in particular, are very reminiscent of WW1 troops.
At the end of the day if your happy with what the troops are meant to represent, go for it and have a good game!

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