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Old November 5th, 2012, 20:34   #16
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What is "Jump into Destiny"?

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Jump into destiny is a milsim event that has happened in Washington state. I is a d day thing, and about the only ww2 sim I can find in mybneibourhood.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 20:38   #17
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I do have a pair of Mountain trousers from WPG for sale if you're interested.

For the dump pouch, as said by the others, can be your pockets (they are huge on Moutain, M42 and M43 pants), M1 Ammunition bag, General Purpose bag, Gas mask bag or even a Mapcase bag. I use the latest personally.

Could you pm me. I have a 5 buton sweater ( not the correct ww2 shade, I'm afraid. I can afford to start off weak, because if I' m not at a game in modern stuff, most people don' t even know what the FSSF is . They do however like the V 42.....
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Old November 5th, 2012, 20:44   #18
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Usually, you don't need everything to start an impression. Unless you're doing a "just-walked-out-of-Quartermasters office" or "jumped-right-out-of-the-plane", lots of gear got "lost" or just stayed behind during operations.

Get the uniform, helmet and belt/suspenders with a first aid kit, mag pouch and canteen and you'd be good to go for a basic infantry kit.

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Old November 5th, 2012, 20:50   #19
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Army HBT's and / or M1937 woolies sorta work for FSSF if you cannot find mountain trousers. WPG has had mountain trousers on closeout for ages. If they have the large sizes they fit about 2"- 3" less than the labelled waist size. They must finally be sold out maybe. You can always have someone skilled take them in a bit.

The M42 jump jacket was pretty iffy for a Forceman that wasn't a general. But I get your reasoning.

I am pretty sure you can score a parka if you want
Roger that. I having been looking at the parkas on e bay, and was thinking about getting a rached one, and using it as a patern. As to the woollies, they are definite on my list of " next up grade". I have a modern 5 buton sweater that I use now, but would like to swap it out for a wool shirt. I figure that the shirt is a good 4 season piece. I' ve never taken the 1942's too seriously, because they were super cheap from china, and already needed some stitches in the first week. I just wanted something diferent to get me through the winter. To get them, an me thought the "winter" here ( sorry Ontarites), I put about 5 coats of Icelandic wax on them, and they are now fairly water repellent, with out too much of a colour change. One more coat of the stuff though, and I would be pushing them into the oilskin range.


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Old November 5th, 2012, 21:38   #20
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Hey RG,

Best of luck on your FSSF impression. It is one of my personal favorites. Post some pics of it even if it is a WIP.

Paratrooper boots, wool shirt and wool pants do the job for a Cannon Company Forceman.

I suppose you must have access to or own the Osprey book or The Supercommandos by RT Ross; excellent photo collection in that book, a few obvious errors and the weak copy editing that Schiffer publishing is known for but still very very good.

My FSSF impression has changed quite a bit since I started. Picked up a war dated parka, yukon pack, d bale M1. If they ever make a Johnson LMG I am down for two.

Again, best of luck.

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Old November 7th, 2012, 12:24   #21
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Your load out sounds awsome. I have both the books of which you speak, and they are quite dog eared from many many readings. It was actually the osprey book that gave me the idea for the 1942s- plate f1 shows a force an in a jacket. Werner says their is lots of photo evidence for them being worn in France, but I've never seen any but the afore mentioned Fredrick's.

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Old November 7th, 2012, 13:36   #22
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RG, that's interesting. Never seen those pics. Wonder if the the identification is just a mistake and the guys in M42's really are 517 RCT.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 15:33   #23
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I dunno. I have looked at many images, and have not seen any of the tell tail slanted pockets. I tried to post the plate, but my darn iPad won't do it. It's just a painting anyways. Part of the mystique of the forcemen for me is the fact that , although they were ver y professional when it cam to kicking ass, they also had that , I don't care what you think- were gonna do it- point of view.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 17:23   #24
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I know the plate your talking about. I just figured it was a fantasy drawing since some 2nd Reg FSSF were selected as "Airborne Ready" for the Kiska Op and the artist took some freedoms with that info.

In Ken Joyce's Crimson Spearhead there is a pic of a bring-back FSSF M42 jacket. Never seen a pic of one worn that was obviously a M42 in the field besides Frederick's.

As you know, the FSSF neighbours in Southern France were all pretty much all Airborne so acquiring a Parachutists Jacket isn't a stretch.
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Old November 12th, 2012, 14:37   #25
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That's a great book. I don't own it, but periodically go to my local nerd lair and ogle it up. It seems like a book for the hard core collector, with all the bagde mesurements. Just out of curiosity,( you seem to be really into it), do you have a real V42? I have a knock off, and it is just a shadow of the real thing.

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Old November 12th, 2012, 23:17   #26
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I only have a replica V42. A real one is out of my reach. I don't know enough about real V42's to spot a fake. I generally stick to original period items that are sub $500. I picked up a pre D Day dated Mae West. That was pretty cool for me anyway.

Quite a few of the wwii enthusiasts around here have pretty good collections.

Another good FSSF book is A War History of the North Americans 1942-1944.

The Joyce book is pretty good. But it's definitely for the serious collector.
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