An official photo describing the kit of a British infantryman in 1939. Note that the gas mask ('respirator') and anti-chemical warfare cape are parts of the outfit, remnants of WW1 memories. In actual combat, and marching with full kit, the British infantryman would carry a pack known as a "valise" that contained more clothing and personal items. Officers wore the exact same uniform save for markings of their rank.
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The Rat Bastard is an ornery little cuss. Maybe it’s his trouble with the missus. Or maybe it’s a shortman’s complex. But whatever’s crawled up his ass, the Rat Bastard is a war cleaver that pisses turpentine and takes umbrage at the smallest slight. Like its big brothers the Mack Daddy-O and Reaver Cleaver, the…
The Short Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of the Second World War. The Stirling was designed by Short Brothers to meet a Air Ministry specification from 1936. When the preferred design from Supermarine had to be abandoned, the Stirling was ordered for the RAF. It entered service in early 1941.