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Sorry Cookie - but according to an old former 8th Army drinking pal of mine ( sadly no longer with us ! ) who reliably informed me many years ago that he wore his greatcoat right through the Desert campaign - "from dusk `till dawn" and through two very cold Italian winters !
(Login djnick66) Missing-Lynx members 220.127.116.11
I don't think that is what he meant
July 25 2012, 4:00 PM
Just having the figures clad in great coats and rain coats limits their usefulness compared to more normal every day uniforms. I tend to agree. its like if they made every set of DAK soldiers in overcoats what good would they be? The DAK didn't wear overcoats 24/7
(Login Albowie) Missing-Lynx members 18.104.22.168
Pleased with the Greatcoats
July 25 2012, 5:39 PM
The Greatcoats will be very useful for the early Desert battles (Australians went into Bardia and Tobruk wearing greatcoats), Italian Winter, NWE winter and of course conversion back to WW1! I'd love a set of Infantry in action in greatcoats to go with them. DML could always do the same set in Summer uniforms.
The simple answer is YES.....I have a lot of photographs and books on the BEF/Dunkirk.....Somewhere between 40:60 ratio of Greatcoat:Battledress.
Some of those chaps on the beaches had little else, some even in shorts and singlets by the time they reached the boats taking them back to UK.
French troops too are seen in greatcoats.
A look at some of the photos of those disembarking at UK ports show a mixture.
May June on the beaches, they were not exactly sunbathing, and this is Northern France coast. Totally exhuasted, I think they needed to keep warm, despite the time of year.
All rather accademic really, I too have longed to see British/Commonwealth troops with greatcoats.
As for North Africa, I spent 10 years working in Algerian Sahara, we would get ice on the rig floor, and the 6am safety meetings I remember wearing a full set of clothes under padded coveralls and a windcheater. As the day wore on, one layer would be removed, and then replaced as the evening wore on. We had the luxury of oil filled heaters in the rooms...they were cranked up to max.
A lot of newbies did not realise just how damned cold it could get......and I was working with Canadians...they also remarked how cold it could get....but at least we didn't have snow!
For me, hooray to see some variation. Note too, early war Brit troops usually had the top button done up on the tunic, unlike the open neck types on NWE figures.
Now then, some early pattern "skirted" tunicsseen on some Guards/Artillery and RAOC units with puttees rather than anklets would be very welcome too.
Just about every variation in German uniforms is catered for.....so still room for more.
The greatcoat on these figures is no less limiting than the pose to me......but great to see.
(Login AdamKuller) Missing-Lynx members 22.214.171.124
What's limited is any Allied figures in greatcoats
July 25 2012, 9:51 PM
Try finding British or Australian figures with greatcoats in simple standing poses like the million Germans available--this set doesn't help there but it's a step in the right direction ---more than being 'limited' I'd say rather the kit is a good start--