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by Tom Ready
Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: British Pack Artillery
Replies: 4
Views: 2949

I was suprised to see that they were used in North West Europe, at Walcheren and at Wesel at the Rhine crossing, in support of the Commandos.

http://riv.co.nz/rnza/hist/local/qf37in.htm

http://members.tripod.com/~nigelef/37inchowsheet.htm

ATB

Tom
by Tom Ready
Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:26 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: British Pack Artillery
Replies: 4
Views: 2949

Yup we certainly did, the good old 3.7 inch Howitzer, it was used up to the end of the war in the Far East but elsewhere earlier. If my memory serves me it came in at the very end of WWI with spoked wheels but the WWII version had pneumatic ones The saddles for it are in that early post war illustra...
by Tom Ready
Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:22 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Bren packsaddlery
Replies: 74
Views: 42033

In service they would have been blancoed the standard shade of green (the one 45rd pouch I have has traces) for UK and one would assume whatever was standard for the Middle East for 1st Cavalry Division use (sand/khaki?) The A.C.I. was 845 of 1944 and the basic pouches were introduced offially in Li...
by Tom Ready
Tue Nov 27, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Bren packsaddlery
Replies: 74
Views: 42033

Womderful! Thanks Sam, one of my other fetishes is webbing. I've more details somewhere but heres the contents of a Army Council Instructions entry I coppied at the Pattern Room Library (that was) (<i>Can't make out number</i>) <b>Equipment.- Pouches, Basic, Web Equipment, Cavalry Pattern, '40</b>1....
by Tom Ready
Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Bren packsaddlery
Replies: 74
Views: 42033

Hi Pat a handful where bought pre Great War, most notably those bought by private subscription for use in the Natal war/rebellion but British attempts to buy them or manufacture them over here came to nought after lots of time and money had been wasted. Rolls Royce manufactured a few parts but the w...
by Tom Ready
Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:24 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Bren packsaddlery
Replies: 74
Views: 42033

The one on eBays Madsen kit, the saddle horses took two in front of the rider while the pack horses took 8. I've photos from the pre war sales brochures if any one would like to put them up.

They are quite common in the UK and often incorectly labelled up as Bren kit.

ATB

Tom
by Tom Ready
Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Bren packsaddlery
Replies: 74
Views: 42033

Another thought on Bren pack saddlery, the Bren saddlery spares box greatly resembles the Lewis one in the photo I have (externally the only differeance is the tail the working end of the cleaning rod goes into thats missing on the Lewis version). With the Bren version of the saddlery spares box int...
by Tom Ready
Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:08 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Halter Chain use 1940
Replies: 7
Views: 3508

Excuse my ignorance but is a curb chain the same as a halter chain? Its just the 1940 VAOS lists a Curb S.U. of 19 links but no halter chain.

ATB

Tom
by Tom Ready
Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:58 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Cavalry Bren Gun use in the 1930s
Replies: 15
Views: 7403

As far as I know they were relegated to training units and never saw active service but in the dark days after Dunkirk, who knows? Peter Laidler is in the process of getting his Bren tome published, I think it's in Canada (if not its the US) so there should be a lot more info on the Bren and such so...
by Tom Ready
Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Cavalry Bren Gun use in the 1930s
Replies: 15
Views: 7403

I'm not sure, a mate is looking into it, and its not helped by ZGBs often being refered to as Brens. He's found pre war references from their parliment refering to them only having had a few delivered but he's yet to find out if they were really ZGBs or did we pass on our ZGBs onto them later in lie...
by Tom Ready
Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:50 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Cavalry Bren Gun use in the 1930s
Replies: 15
Views: 7403

Just failed miserably to put up the pics on this site so heres the link to the Bren forum. http://weaponsonline.proboards76.com/index.cgi?board=vickersberthier&action=display&thread=1185063705&page=1 Although its the most common type its been the hardest to get as the Indian army/militia...
by Tom Ready
Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:11 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Cavalry Bren Gun use in the 1930s
Replies: 15
Views: 7403

PS Didn't get much saddlery at the big Beltring show that finished on Sunday, just a couple of NOS PA Ammunition Girths for £5 each. The foul weather ment a lot of stalls had the piles of kit I've usually found stuff in covered up :-{(. However the lack of punters did force the prices on some stalls...
by Tom Ready
Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:59 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Cavalry Bren Gun use in the 1930s
Replies: 15
Views: 7403

Hi Pat yes if I remember right (refs buried)we bought several hundred ZGBs, infact all the early drawings of Brens in the SAT manuals are of ZGBs and one was used in the photo/illustration of the Bren Packsaddlery. The easiest ways to tell, short of reading the legend on the side of the body is the ...
by Tom Ready
Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Cavalry Bren Gun use in the 1930s
Replies: 15
Views: 7403

Wondferful picture! I wonder if theres any related pics showing the saddlery that goes with the bandoleers.

NB the Gun is a Czech made ZGB. (from the holes on the flash hider)

Thanks!

Tom
by Tom Ready
Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Lewis Pack Saddle Mag Carrier
Replies: 2
Views: 2539

Hi Marty
I've a decent set of photos inside and out of one that was on ebay in a minty condition if they are of use?

e me at
tombear@btopenworld.com
and I'll send them.

ATB

Tom
by Tom Ready
Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:05 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Lewis Packsaddle
Replies: 0
Views: 1601

Lewis Packsaddle

Does anyone have a clear photograph of the left (near?) side of the Great War-1930 Lewis gun packsaddle?

ATB

Tom
by Tom Ready
Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Mystery bucket (formerly "bit")
Replies: 12
Views: 3727

I do believe that it is (from the 1931 VAOS), "Bucket, Tripod stand S.U., 26 1/2 in., cloak hide, with arm, suspending strap and cap", A 3564. From the bottom of the bucket to the top of the wide strap is 26 inches or so. Soooo its up for grabs, herself collects UK issue Pack saddlery so a...
by Tom Ready
Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Mystery bucket (formerly "bit")
Replies: 12
Views: 3727

Hi, sorry for the delay but we have been moving all the com's kit and so have been off line. The only markings are on the end of the bottom right strap as in the pic. D.MASON & SON S Ltd WALSALL 1940 Overall lenght as shown is 41 inches. The bucket part is 10 inches long and just over 3 inchs in...
by Tom Ready
Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Mystery bucket (formerly "bit")
Replies: 12
Views: 3727

Anybody have more information please? Any idea which weapon it is for?

Tom
by Tom Ready
Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:31 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Mystery bucket (formerly "bit")
Replies: 12
Views: 3727

Thanks Joe! sorry by bit, not being horse orientated, I meant a small item, D'oh! Anyway, can anybody identify it? If it is not pack saddlery then it is up for swaps for a suitable (I nearly said "bit" again) piece of P.G.S., P.M.G or P.A. or if no one has any swaps I suppose other trade g...