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Johnc61

1/35 WW1 figures

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Ok, been a long delay on modelling again (after the Spitfire was finished). Christmas has given me some 1/35 figures from WW2 and WW1. First model colour question after looking online, is what colour are their boots (infantry and officer)? Seems it should be easy but there is no clear answer. Some black, some brown. But when. Uniform changed around 1915, did the boots? Anybody know? Thanks.

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Perhaps you could specify which army these figures are from? These things of course varied between the armies of different nations.

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@Sairou think it's a fair bet that @Johnc61 is referring to the British Army, both W.W.I and W.W.II.

 

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Oops! Sorry, as you asked I realise I didn’t mention the Tamiya figures were WW1 British infantry. Just trying to work out which boots with the changed uniforms 

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5 minutes ago, PhoenixII said:

@Sairou think it's a fair bet that @Johnc61 is referring to the British Army, both W.W.I and W.W.II.

 

Thank you Paul. Just seen @Sairou question and then realised I hadn’t explained it. So answered it. 

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Evening John, @Johnc61 your very welcome.....Just glad you didn't say the Germans! Mind, I've got broad shoulders...:whistle:

Paul

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Boots were coming to the British Army in 1915-16-17 from anyone who could be pressed to make them.  There was some variety in uniforms (and such things as ammunition, shell fuses....).  Boots in particular were a bone of contention, as they were often of especially abysmal quality in 1915-16.  The majority of boots I have seen in various museums are brown.

 

Canadian and Australian troops generally got their uniforms from local suppliers, to ease the problems.  Australian troops had unique corduroy trousers, which show as lighter material especially once they were worn.  Soft headgear and things like rifle pouches varied between the Dominion armies.  Officers often purchased their own items, reflecting a pre-war requirement that was relaxed after 1914.

 

By late 1917-1918 uniform items were better-made and standardised, but any soldier in late 1917 will be coated in mud, and soldiers from summer 1918 in dust!

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