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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    2 questions on IPLCE:
    - what is the pocket on the side of left ammo pouch for? Bayonet?

    - what is the pacecounter type string for attached to the D ring on the left of the vest ?
    Its a Bayonet frog.The inside of the frog (facing rear of ammo pouch) is reinforced to stop the wire cutter on the Bayonet sheath from wearing through the ammo pouch .When the bayonet and sheath are slid into the frog the cord goes around the bayonet hilt and you tighten the toggle.The string on the sheath is supposed(Fat chance) to be fed through the eyelet on the bottom of the frog and tied off on the lower D ring to stop the sheath from coming out when you fix bayonets.When not in use IE no bayonet tuck the toggle away into the frog to stop it getting snagged on things.

    PS: As a nice to know the lower size adjusting straps on each side of the BV have fastex buckles while the others don't.The y are for use when the Bergen or patrol pack waistbelts are used.You open the clips and pull up the sides of the BV to fit down over the waistbelt so the belt goes around your waist and not around the ammo pouches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Its a Bayonet frog.The inside of the frog (facing rear of ammo pouch) is reinforced to stop the wire cutter on the Bayonet sheath from wearing through the ammo pouch .When the bayonet and sheath are slid into the frog the cord goes around the bayonet hilt and you tighten the toggle.The string on the sheath is supposed(Fat chance) to be fed through the eyelet on the bottom of the frog and tied off on the lower D ring to stop the sheath from coming out when you fix bayonets.When not in use IE no bayonet tuck the toggle away into the frog to stop it getting snagged on things.

    PS: As a nice to know the lower size adjusting straps on each side of the BV have fastex buckles while the others don't.The y are for use when the Bergen or patrol pack waistbelts are used.You open the clips and pull up the sides of the BV to fit down over the waistbelt so the belt goes around your waist and not around the ammo pouches.
    Never worked. Would love to meet the eejit who thought it would.

    Even when you did manage to get the bayonet to stay in place with cable ties it was a nightmare to get the bayonet out. Pulling on the bayonet would just result in the vest tugging with it. And it was also very awkward to get out when you have body armour on.

    Ideally it should have been in a position where it was attached to the vest at waist level. Allowing the strings on the scabbard to be tied around your upper thigh like when we had PLCE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    - what is the pacecounter type string for attached to the D ring on the left of the vest ?
    Presuming it's for exactly that - pacecounting !
    Unless I'm misunderstading you - post a pic ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truck Driver View Post
    Presuming it's for exactly that - pacecounting !
    Unless I'm misunderstading you - post a pic ?
    Every bead being 1/10th of a km. For working out map legs when going on map bearings...
    There is only 1 bead.

    Apod says it is for securing the bayonet

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    Is there anything wrong with using this (PDF) http://www.rspteam.com/Lesson%20Plan...SH_12Mar12.pdf as a epw card? I presume the DF uses more or less the same?
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    I think the one we use is the same as the BA one.Will check and get back to ye.It's deffinetley not U.S
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
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    Good tip for the one we use:

    Laminate the 3 sections separately
    Punch 2 hole in each each section
    Piece of string to go wrong POWs neck in top section
    Join the other sections with treasury tags (I've seen elastic bands used as well)
    Put an elastic band through the last section to attach to the kit

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    Any tips on Haix boots?

    How can I get the lacing tighter (the boots fit me to there is still a lot of room between the top of the foot and the boot)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    Any tips on Haix boots?

    How can I get the lacing tighter (the boots fit me to there is still a lot of room between the top of the foot and the boot)?
    Chuck 'em and get Lowas...

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    insoles perhaps
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    Found a good pair of insoles that I forgot I bought. Looking good

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