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    Posted: March 18 2019 at 6:01am
I was watching a DVD of the old Magnum PI series & we got to season 6 episode "Deja Vue"!
Lo & behold there's a British character in it, first as a Vietnam Flashback, then later in the current time using an L42A1!
It pretty poorly done & continuity is terrible, but it is an L42!
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Not a movie or TV show, but actually real currency! I was rooting around the change bin in my truck today to find some coin for a tin of snus. I found a 2019 Canadian two dollar coin. It was a D Day tribute. Three lads, one in foreground, two in background, in a landing craft. (Rivets, eye slot.) They all have later style helmets, the guy in the foregrounds is green. There is about 6" of the muzzle end of a No4 showing!
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Rainy day out so I made a pot of Typhoo and am watching Midsomer Murders. "Shot at dawn." Low and behold, an Enfield and a Vickers sighting! No1's used in a mock firing squad and a Vickers used to stitch up some bloke. I don't know anything about the Vickers, but I have read the lads would use the water jacket water, after lots of firing, for their brew up! In the scene, I noticed a cork in the water jacket. Is this what they used to get the hot water?
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Lots of SMLE's in the re enactment too!
I very much doubt the "brew up" story, It would be like using old radiator draining from your car to brew up, plus you'd not know where the water came from, a ditch, or pond or maybe they just peed in the can!
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The cork on a chain is blocking the evaporation hose which goes into a part full can of water to trap steam which might give away the gun's position.
You can just see it behind the ammo can here:

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Might be good for a hot shave or a hand/face wash?
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Ewwwwww! shaving in hot, dirty pee, you'd have to be pretty desperate!
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I wonder how strict officers were in regards to troops shaving in the trenches... would they have cut the men any slack?
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Originally posted by Honkytonk Honkytonk wrote:

I wonder how strict officers were in regards to troops shaving in the trenches... would they have cut the men any slack?


According to my grand dad, no!
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From what I've read; it was rigid discipline at all times.
Reading the war diary of Harry Drinkwater (highly recommend it) he mentions that during one particularly fierce fire fight at night; he was changing rifles regularly as they got too hot to hold. One of his commrades was handing him loaded rifles and he kept firing. They beat off the attacker's.
The next day on inspection, he did not have the rifle issued to him; and was fined accordingly!
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Sounds about right!
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I remember a field exercise (why they had RAF doing night E&E is a bit dodgy anyway) we were caught rapidly by the opposing force of Ghurkas (there's a surprise) disarmed & interrogated. We escaped & went on a rampage with "borrowed equipment".
You should have seen the raft of shyte we got when returning to inventory! We not only didn't have the issued No4s, but had "obtained" Sterlings & BHPs! They even went for charges for "Non Type Certified" but we were, thank God.
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During the unpleasantries in Europe in 1944-45, my uncle, Earl, was infantry with the Seaforth Highlanders in Holland as a Bren gunner. He told me about some of his experiences.

One of these was walking patrol along what we would call a side road that had lots of she!! holes. It was raining and he had gotten tired of walking around the puddles so walked across one of them. It was deeper than he expected. He tripped and planted his helmet in the mud at the bottom. The Bren was slung across his front and fell against his face while underwater. He struggled to get free and lost his Bren then undid the chinstrap of the helmet. He was in combat so kept on patrol.

He found a helmet on the side of the road so picked it up and put it on. Then he encountered a dead soldier who had a Lee-Enfield No4 but did not need it. Uncle Earl picked up the rifle and kept going. They went into a harbor that night. The next morning, the RSM saw him and asked where was his Bren. He got into holy he!! when he said that it was in a mud hole a few miles away. Later on, he was charged for abandoning the king's equipment and fined. He never said if he was given a rebate for the No4 rifle that he had picked up.
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What a time!... different time, different conflicts. I'll let you judge. My nephew, currently a Captain in the RCAF, recently got home from Mali. Young, outstanding man. Canada's militia, good in school, then reg forces with 1 RCHA. He did a tour in Afganistan as a Master Bombardier before transferring to the AF for career advancement. We had a few beers the other day and he told me a "funny" war story. They were just back in Kandahar after a two week regular mission. Hot, stinky, hungry... just then, a new 2nd Leftenant came into the tent barracks. All were quiet. He introduced himself and his military record. He then said the AF WO, when he was debarking the helo, told him it was his lucky day! Wednesday was Sushi Day in the camp! Go to that tent barracks and ask those troops where the line-up starts!
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New Enfield movie sighting! While I can't recommend the movie, it was on Netflix. Beyong Valkyrie. No4 (with bayonet, which does get used later) flashed through the scene. I mean like two frames! Approx 15:35 into the movie. Confirmed at 21:52. 
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