BEF tank crew

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BEF tank crew

Joined: April 21st, 2005, 4:44 pm

August 29th, 2011, 9:59 pm #1

I saw the new Passion Models BEF tank crew on PMMS:


http://perthmilitarymodelling.com/newkitnews.html

Did the tank commanders really wear webbing? I would have thought it would make getting in and out of the tank very difficult as it would likely catch on any of the objects that jut out.
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Joined: November 20th, 2004, 12:44 am

August 30th, 2011, 12:25 am #2

as the war progressed I think. Pics from IWM:


British tanks cross the frontier into Belgium.



Light Tank Mk VIs of 5th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment on the ship MV DELIUS at Southampton having returned from France during the evacuation of British forces from Cherbourg, 19 June 1940.



Pat McGrath
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 11:30 am

August 30th, 2011, 8:28 am #3

I saw the new Passion Models BEF tank crew on PMMS:


http://perthmilitarymodelling.com/newkitnews.html

Did the tank commanders really wear webbing? I would have thought it would make getting in and out of the tank very difficult as it would likely catch on any of the objects that jut out.
'Skeleton' webbing was ordered to be worn by tank crews, to allow the pistol, ammunition and compass puches to be carried, and to assist in emergency evacuation - hence the shoulder straps. Different units interpreted the order differently, with the shoulder straps frequently being left off, but the practice continued throughout the war. As so often, it is best to work from photographs of the unit and period that you are interested in.
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Joined: August 16th, 2008, 5:52 pm

August 30th, 2011, 8:42 am #4

I saw the new Passion Models BEF tank crew on PMMS:


http://perthmilitarymodelling.com/newkitnews.html

Did the tank commanders really wear webbing? I would have thought it would make getting in and out of the tank very difficult as it would likely catch on any of the objects that jut out.
Hi Rodger,

Yes, pretty much standard dress in the early part of the war.

You see examples still being worn by tank crews training in the UK in 1943.

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Joined: April 21st, 2005, 4:44 pm

August 30th, 2011, 5:02 pm #5

Thanks for the help everybody.
This set is now a "must have" for me!
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