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onions

GCM
A buddy and I were discussing "Jack" films today and one of the questions that came up was, "What was the AWD during before, during and after WW2. When were No 8s introduced"?

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Before the war and during the war[WW2] it was blue suits or overalls.
In those days you had three blue suits . No 1's , best ,2's duty rig -red badges and 3's oldest blues red badges. Overalls were either worn over the blue suit or depending on climate on their own.
I don't think AWD [No 8's ]came in till about 1947 although the Canadians and US Navy had shirts and trousers working rigs.

Also you were issued with an Oilskin and an overcoat the pussers burberry
[raincoat] with detachable lining came in about 1956 .
 

onions

GCM
The rig they wear now is, I think, bloody awful, especially if it is worn in public. While waiting for a flight at Southampton airport my wife pointed out someone with a White Ensign shoulder patch. They looked like a complete and utter scranbag!! OK, I am an ex G.I. but this guy was the epitome of a stoker in one of Jan's cartoons! When he turned round I was aghast to see that he was a Warrant Officer! What a disgrace to the RN of today.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
The rig they wear now is, I think, bloody awful, especially if it is worn in public. While waiting for a flight at Southampton airport my wife pointed out someone with a White Ensign shoulder patch. They looked like a complete and utter scranbag!! OK, I am an ex G.I. but this guy was the epitome of a stoker in one of Jan's cartoons! When he turned round I was aghast to see that he was a Warrant Officer! What a disgrace to the RN of today.
It is what it is, PCS is basically MTP in blue. No doubt your predecessors thought you looked a sack of shit when you wore 8's.

Personally I don't see anything wrong with it, at least it's not blue camo pattern like some navy's have adopted.
 

fishhead

War Hero
For us PSOFs it is always a little strange to see what is now PCS being worn outside the confines of H.M. Ships/Establishments. The old No.8s/4s were never very smart in my opinion and on most occasions scruffy as after all they were working clothes. I have no opinion on the latest creation but doubt they are any less smart than what they replaced.
 
Before the war and during the war[WW2] it was blue suits or overalls.
Ovies, officially referred to as boiler suits (regular dhobeying might not have removed the oil/grease stains but the original dark blue colour aka sprog shine soon washed-out to med blue & lighter.)

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Clip depicting Jack & his oppos wearing ovies (from the current BBC1 WW2 drama series "World on Fire"*) aboard HMS CUMBERLAND prior to the Battle of the River Plate.
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But ovies with collars? Perhaps they were subsequently removed? 1960's onwards they were issued without collars.

-https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0009f7n/world-on-fire-series-1-episode-3
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Ovies, officially referred to as boiler suits (regular dhobeying might not have removed the oil/grease stains but the original dark blue colour aka sprog shine soon washed-out to med blue & lighter.)

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Clip depicting Jack & his oppos wearing ovies (from the current BBC1 WW2 drama series "World on Fire"*) aboard HMS CUMBERLAND prior to the Battle of the River Plate.
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But ovies with collars? Perhaps they were subsequently removed? 1960's onwards they were issued without collars.

-https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0009f7n/world-on-fire-series-1-episode-3
Pedant mode on

In the series he's on HMS Exeter, the Cumberland didn't get to Montevideo on time.

Pedant mode off :)
 

dapperdunn

War Hero
Book Reviewer
You can still see the mast of the Graf Spee above the water in the estuary. I've passed by a few times transiting to Montevideo.
 
The rig they wear now is, I think, bloody awful, especially if it is worn in public. While waiting for a flight at Southampton airport my wife pointed out someone with a White Ensign shoulder patch. They looked like a complete and utter scranbag!! OK, I am an ex G.I. but this guy was the epitome of a stoker in one of Jan's cartoons! When he turned round I was aghast to see that he was a Warrant Officer! What a disgrace to the RN of today.
How do you think we feel? It shrinks quicker than my tackle in horsea island lake in winter and fades faster than a peaky blinder's hair cut!

from official source said:
A Post-Project evaluation was recently carried out on the RNPCS uniform that was introduced into Service in 2015. The evaluation, backed by numerous PDRs, DLIMs, and direct user feedback, highlighted that the main concern with RNPCS is the unsuitability in hot climates. Subsequently, the RNPCS Upgrade Project has been established. Our Vision Statement is to “Procure a world class, professional, smart, military style uniform, that Royal Navy sailors are proud of, which is commensurate with a world class Navy.” We are seeking a solution that reduces the thermal burden in hot climates, yet, with appropriate layering, improves the insulating properties when operating in cold weather conditions. Our requirement is technically challenging and complex, particularly given the trade-off between flame retardancy and the weight of the material. Four materials were selected and made into uniforms in May, unfortunately failed either or both the flame and shrinkage tests that are required before a uniform can be trialled at sea. We are seeking to introduce an upgraded product in Q4 2020, subject to successful trials.
Happy?
 
The new AWD still has convenient pockets for individuals to put their hands in.

Witnessed two JRs in Barrow last week walking back to the boat in AWD. One of them had cold hands as he had them in his pockets. The Ex WO evil eye I gave him was enough to make him see the errors of his ways.

On topic, The powers that be keep on tweaking or massively altering what jack should wear. Replacement to 8s were a disaster and the follow ons not much better. If the comments of Northern Matelot are common then they have done it yet again.

Why do they not get representative opinions of all current personnel along the lines of a continuous attitude survey? Ask what they want and match that to what works in terms of garment life, protection and practicality. Apologies if they did this but certainly on the 8s replacement it was not done. Clothing turned up and it was "get on with it jack".
 

RabC

MIA
If it’s working rig what do looks matter as long as it is practical. I do however question the wearing of working rig outside establishments. If Onions was correct why wasn’t the WO at Southampton airport wearing half blues or whatever the name is now?
 
The new AWD still has convenient pockets for individuals to put their hands in.

Witnessed two JRs in Barrow last week walking back to the boat in AWD. One of them had cold hands as he had them in his pockets. The Ex WO evil eye I gave him was enough to make him see the errors of his ways.

On topic, The powers that be keep on tweaking or massively altering what jack should wear. Replacement to 8s were a disaster and the follow ons not much better. If the comments of Northern Matelot are common then they have done it yet again.

Why do they not get representative opinions of all current personnel along the lines of a continuous attitude survey? Ask what they want and match that to what works in terms of garment life, protection and practicality. Apologies if they did this but certainly on the 8s replacement it was not done. Clothing turned up and it was "get on with it jack".
We had pockets in convenient places on 8’s / 4’s, your issue is that you’re dealing with submariners in barrow, away from the rest of the mob, we had the same issue in Rosyth when the QNLZ was being built, especially with the stokers that had to wear civvy arc protection overalls who thought they’d get away with not saluting officers and such.

As for the story behind the new rig, the problem is, back in 2012, half my ships company (HMS Sutherland) we’re cutting about in MTP PCS , either because they were boarding party, or upper deck weapons crews or something else that meant wearing body armour. The explained reason for this is it tends out s a visible deterrent to would be attackers, though another reason I’ve heard for wearing MTP was that it didn’t have buttons (apparently they kinda hurt after wearing body armour for a while). But the 2SL didn’t like sailors wearing green as joe public thought we were army (at one point there were more naval service personnel in Afghanistan than there was Army, but e were all in green so no one realised). To counter this 2SL decided to bring out a naval PCS uniform the one we now have), the problem is that MTP PCS is copy righted and the navy couldn’t afford the rights, so we’re wearing a knock off version.


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