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Personal Equipment, Insignia & Side Arms Used By The Auxiliary Units

This page was last updated on 28/3/16

The list below covers the equipment generally issued to each Auxilier. The information has been produced by CART CIO Bill Ashby with help from others.

Some items like Belts and Anklets were either made of leather or webbing only one type was issued.  Only one type of revolver, and either a Knuckleduster, Truncheon or Knobkerrie was handed out but not to all of them.

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Other weapons – Rifles, Thompson Sub-machine guns etc were on the Patrol establishment and handed out by the Patrol Leader as necessary and so not listed below.

Clothing Items 

Qty 

Equipment Items 

Qty 

Insignia

Qty

Blouse, B.D. (Battle Dress)

1

Haversack

1

Cap Badge

1

Trousers B.D. (Battle Dress) 

1

Haversack - Brace

1

Armlet (LDV or HG?)

1

Blouse, (Denim) 

1

Respirator

1

Title Shoulder HG

4

Trousers (Denim) 

1

AG3 Ointment

1

Title (Bn Numerals)

4

Great Coat 

1

Eyeshield

1

Title (County Patch)

4

Gloves (Woollen)

1

Anti Dim

1

Chevron Rank  
Side Hat 

1

Field dressing

1

Chevron 4 Year Service  
Boots (Leather) 

1

Knife Fighting

1

Aux Awarded Enamel Badge   
Boots (Rubber) 

1

Knife, fork, spoon

1

Side Arms
Boots Laces (Pair of) 

1

Mess Tins

1

Revolvers Smith & Wesson
Shoes PT

1

Steriliser Set

1

Revolver Colt .32  
Steel Hat 

1

Groundsheet

1

Pistol Colt Automatic .32  
Belt (Leather) 

1

Blanket

2

Ammunition to suit

1

Belt (Webbing) 

1

Hammock

1

Cleaning Rod

1

Anklets (Leather) 

1

Toggle Rope Local Cleaning Cloth

1

Anklets (Webbing) 

1

Sling

1

Pouch Ammo

1

  Pull Through

1

Holster, Pistol

1

  Knuckleduster

1

Lanyard 

1

  Truncheon

1

Camouflage face veil

1

Knobkerrie

Scarf (Commando) Local    
General Service Cap 1    
Ballaclava Local    

Uniforms

Auxiliary Unit Uniforms

Auxiliary Unit Uniforms 2

(Above) Battle Dress can be seen on the left and Denims on the right.

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Blouse, B.D. (Battle Dress) 

Blouse Battle Dress Blouse Battle Dress 2

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Trousers, B.D. (Battle Dress)

Trousers Battle Dress 1  Trousers Battle Dress 2 

1937 Patten with ankle strap

Trousers Battle Dress 3
The "battle dress" of the British Army was approved in April 1939, and was worn by both men and officers. It was a two-piece garment of khaki serge, it consisted of a blouse and trousers buckling at the wrists and ankles* (*until June 1941)

1940 Patten without strap

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Denims

 Denims

 

 

 

 

 

Denims were issued to be worn as an ‘overall’ suit to cover other clothes and protect them. The buttons were removable so that the suits could be washed.

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Great Coat

 Great Coat

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Gloves (Woollen)

Gloves Woollen Fingerless Gloves

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Side Hat

Side Cap

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General Service Cap

The ‘General Service Cap’. It was first introduced under "Army Council Instruction 1407" of September 1943.
Only issued to a few patrols.

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Boots (Leather)

Boots Leather

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Boots (Rubber)

Boots Rubber

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Boot Laces

Boot Laces

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Shoes (PT)

Shoes PT

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Steel Hat

Steel Hat

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Belts

Belts

Leather belts were issued to Home Guard.  Most Aux Units Patrols also got them (a few got webbing).

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Anklets

Anklets

Auxiliary Units & Home Guard Personnel were generally issued with black leather anklets.  If webbing Anklets were issued black boot polish was used to colour them in preference to Green Blanco. 
British anklets had leather straps, Canadian had webbing straps
 

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Pouch Ammo

Pouch Ammo

The Pouch, ammunition, pistol. W.E. Patt. 37 to carry 12 rounds of .38 ammunition.  

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Holster Pistol

Holster

Webbing with Ammo pouch            Leather Colt holster                        Webbing Holster

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Lanyard

Lanyard

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Camouflage Face Veil 

Face Veil

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Scarf Commando

scarfcommando

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Balaclava

Balaclava

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EQUIPMENT ITEMS

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Haversack & Brace

Haversack
The Haversack, Patt. 37             Above:  with ‘Brace’                   Side view              ‘L’ Straps
                                                   Single shoulder strap                                      (an alternative)

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Respirator

Respirator

Respirator with haversack, AG goggles & anti-dim cream. AG ointment tin.

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AG3 Ointment

AG3 Ointment  

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Eyeshield

Eyeshield

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Anti Dim

Anti Dim

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Field Dressing

Field Dressing

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Knife Fighting

Fighting Knife

The Fairbairn Sykes knife. A double-edged knife with a cast metal grip developed by William Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes.

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Knife, Folk, Spoon

knifefolkspoon

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Mess Tins

Mess Tins

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Steriliser Set

Steriliser Set

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Groundsheet

Groundsheet

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Blanket

Wool Blanket

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Hammock

Hammock

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Toggle Rope

 

Toggle Rope

A toggle rope was part of the standard equipment of British Commandos and the Paras during WW2.

It was 6 feet (1.8 m) long, and had a toggle at one end in a tightly fitting eye splice, with a larger eye at the other end. This enabled them to be fastened together to create a rope ladder or use to create a rope bridge among other uses. 

It is known that besides the Admiralty Patrol they were also issued to Kingsbarns Patrol in Scotland and used in training at Melville House.

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INSIGNIA

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Cap Badge

Cap Badge

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Armlet

Armlet

 Local Defence Volunteers from May 1940        Known as Home Guard from July 31st 1940 

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Title (Shoulder) Home Guard

Home Guard

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Title (Bn No.)

201

202

203
NE & Scotland East Coast Bn. Southern/Western Bn.
Kent Flash Northumberland Flash
KT = Kent & 203 Bn. Northumberland Patch & 201 Bn.

In 1942 an order was issued that Auxiliary Units would be designated as Home Guard Battalions.  The Grouping was to be:

201 (GHQ Reserve) Bn H.G. – Scottish Command & Northumberland.

202 (GHQ Reserve)Bn H.G. – Northern Command (less Northumberland), Eastern & Western Commands.

203 (GHQ Reserve) Bn H.G. – Southern & South Eastern Commands.

 A cloth patch bearing the number beneath the County insignia began to be worn from that date.

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Title (County)

Suffolk Flash Kent Flash 2 Dorset Flash
County Suffix = SUFFOLK 
           
Letters/numerals   Numerals/Letters (incorrect) 

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Chevron (Rank)

Chevrons

1 = L/Cpl   2 = Cpl   3 = Sgt. 

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Chevron (4 years service)

Chevron 4 years

4 year Service Chevrons. Awarded for 4 years service. Enlisted after 10 Sept.1940.

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Aux Awarded Enamel Badge (Post War)

 Aux Badge

 

After the war had ended a small enamel badge was given to many Auxiliers with their stand down letter. An example can be seen left. We sell memorial replica version in our shop.

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SIDE ARMS (See all the larger Aux guns here)

“THESE MEN SHOULD HAVE PISTOLS”  Churchill’s instruction. Probably Auxiliers proudest piece of Personal Issue.

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Smith & Wesson .38 & .45

 Smith & Wesson .38

 

In 1940 Smith & Wesson began production of this .38 revolver to
chamber the British .38 cartridge.

Smith and Wesson .45

 

 

British Marked Smith & Wesson .45 Revolver. Some of these big revolvers were converted to chamber the British .455 rounds.

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Colt .32

colt.32 

 

Some of these revolvers were surplus to the requirements of the New York Police Department and came in black leather police holsters.

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Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32

Colt automatic

 

 

One of the British Lend Lease guns shipped to England
during WWII.

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Ammunition for issued revolver

Ammo

e.g. 0.380 Calibre x 36 No or 0.32 Calibre x 40

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Cleaning Rod

Cleaning Rod

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Cleaning Cloth

Cleaning Cloth

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Sling

Sling

Type Issued was dependant on weapon carried

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Pull Through

Pull Through

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Knuckle Duster

Knuckle Duster

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Truncheon

Truncheon 

 

Rubber truncheons, very nearly forgotten by the War Department, having seen riot control duty in far-off lands, were also handed out to all members of a patrol, and they were issued with thick rubber-soled agricultural workers’ boots, similar to those which were later given to the Commandos. Outwardly, however, the members of the Resistance patrols managed to look to the casual observer like ordinary members of the Home Guard although they sometimes wore their battalion badges, and many of them had their uniforms slightly altered to give them greater freedom of movement.

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Knobkerrie

Knobkerrie

The list above has been compiled from the following data.

Sandford Levy Patrol notes, Bath Admiralty Patrol notes, Firle Patrol notes, Norfolk Group 4 notes, Southwick Patrol notes, Captain Seabrook's (Essex Group Commander) Notebook, and thanks to all the CART CIO’s who responded to the requests for information.

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