Gentlemen, I am in need of your assistance!
Due to a sudden increase in funds this month, I have dared to begin a new part of the collection.
Usually I collect "complete" sets of equipment, with matching uniforms. And now the times has come to move on to the next one, having recently completed a uniform of the "Danish Royal Guard - ca. 1939".
I have been reading a lot about the Crisis in Congo in the 1960s, and have particularly taken interest in the Belgian troops.
But I am a bit in the dark about uniforms and equipment. I know they used a great deal of British patt. 37 webbing, with the US M1943 shovel, instead of the "useless" pickaxe and I know that they used MkIII basic pouches. But how was it put together, and what other parts did it consist of?
I've read that the paratroopers (1. and 3. battalion) used a camouflage uniform of some sort. Would that be the M/1956?
I have in vain tried to source some photos, where I am able to see their uniforms and equipment in a decent quality.
But all the photos I have found so far, are very grainy and basically useless.
Hopefully someone is able to help me!
I will of-course update this thread, as the "set" takes form.