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Grumble8710613 Feb 2021 6:23 p.m. PST

I was reading today in a novel about a Scottish farmer who wore Nicky Tams, which I gather are sort of like puttees.

It made me start to wonder: how was the end of the strip of cloth for puttees secured? Obviously not Velcro!

Wargamer Blue13 Feb 2021 6:28 p.m. PST

youtu.be/fSsQP4Bhtqw

Tucked in at the top. The link is to a YouTube demo.

Grumble8710613 Feb 2021 6:54 p.m. PST

Thank you. I had assumed that the entire strip was the same width, sort of like an ace bandage, but tapering one end certainly makes sense!

Martin Rapier14 Feb 2021 12:59 a.m. PST

The ties are fairly rough cotton. Just wrap it around a few times and tuck it in.

The very worst puttees I ever had the misfortune to wear were some Russian ones made of cotton, they came undone all the time. Wool ones stay up much better.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2021 4:41 a.m. PST

The ones I have for my WW1 Canadian kit are wool serge, and like has been mention above, have a cloth cotton tape to wrap around and tuck in.

Once you get the bloody things on, they are quite comfortable to wear.

Eric

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2021 11:04 a.m. PST

While they are from what I have heard comfortable to wear, my father in law's memories of them from his time in His Majesty's Forces was that they were a pain in the neck to put on right

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