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Greeting from London

Thu Jun 13, 2013 15:07

Hi Guys
I'm Peter from London. Just recently joined 1st Infantry Division in UK (WW2 Living History Association) and my first purchase was a medic helmet (luck), them i've decided to complete the rest of the medic equipment for our unit.

So this is what i have so far
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rest of the photos in the album here ----> http://imgur.com/a/QPRgI

and those are things i've printed for my impression
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I hope to learn some more about the medics, and be a part of this amazing and knowledgeable community.

Cheers
Peter

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Re: Greeting from London

Thu Jun 13, 2013 15:31

Welcome :D I was one of the medics in the 1st (ww2lha) so one bit of advice if you want to represent a 1st medical battalion medic is either repaint your helmet shell in OD or get a spare helmet shell ,net & red cross brassard, matt.

P.S have a shave.
P.P.S bin the 16th infantry DUI on your cap

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pre-WWII-1st- ... 2a2dc33237

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Re: Greeting from London

Thu Jun 13, 2013 16:15

cheers for info mate.
I thought that i can be a medic in the first infantry unit, as a private (medic) , and not in the 1st MB, is that possible?

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Re: Greeting from London

Thu Jun 13, 2013 21:08

Burn wrote:cheers for info mate.
I thought that i can be a medic in the first infantry unit, as a private (medic) , and not in the 1st MB, is that possible?


You will be a medic in the 1st infantry but as far as i'm aware firstly you would have done your initial (infantry) training then you go off to do you specialist training (medical) then you would go back to the infantry to finish of your infantry training you would then be sent where you were needed as a replacement in your case to the 1st medical battalion from there you would have gone as an attachment to an infantry company in the 16th infantry regiment but you would have still been in the 1st medical battalion .

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Re: Greeting from London

Fri Jun 14, 2013 21:07

Cheers mate, that explains a lot.

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Re: Greeting from London

Mon Jun 17, 2013 03:04

Hi Peter

Welcome to the forum. Good luck with building your impression.

Andrew

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Re: Greeting from London

Tue Jun 18, 2013 08:35

Hi Guys,

Just some additional advice here ...
Please consult our pages related to the use of individual and personal First Aid kits.
As a Private you should wear the Suspender + 2 Pouches (for contents see > www.med-dept.com/personnel_kits.php)

I do not agree with the previous statements - you were INDEED initially a member of the 1st Med Bn, but since your attachment to a Medical Detachment pertaining to an Infantry Regiment, you are considered to be a member of that outfit ! Please bear in mind that those 'medics' were considered as true members of the units to which they were attached, and believe me they remained very loyal to the men and the unit to which they were now assigned to !

All the best with your further WW2 medical impressions.
Cheers,
Alain :wink:
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Re: Greeting from London

Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:05

Alain wrote:I do not agree with the previous statements you were INDEED initially a member of the 1st Med Bn, but since your attachment to a Medical Detachment pertaining to an Infantry Regiment, you are considered to be a member of that outfit ! Please bear in mind that those 'medics' were considered as true members of the units to which they were attached, and believe me they remained very loyal to the men and the unit to which they were now assigned to


I totally agree with you so which part was wrong Alain ? :D

I said "You will be a medic in the 1st infantry" is this wrong ?

I also said " but as far as i'm aware firstly you would have done your initial (infantry) training then you go off to do you specialist training (medical) then you would go back to the infantry to finish of your infantry training you would then be sent where you were needed as a replacement in your case to the 1st medical battalion from there you would have gone as an attachment to an infantry company in the 16th infantry regiment .is this wrong ? I said as far as im aware

I also said "but you would have still been in the 1st medical battalion. is this wrong ? would he have worn the DUI's/insignia of the 16th infantry ? would he have blue piping on his cap ?

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Re: Greeting from London

Tue Jun 18, 2013 14:15

Hi Matt,
Hi Peter,

What I meant is that being a member of a MEDICAL DETACHMENT, i.e. attached to an Infantry unit, you are considered to be part of that INFANTRY REGIMENT (and no longer of the 1st Med Bn) !

This implies that as a Private, or an NCO, you would now follow the traditions of the Infantry Regiment, thus wearing the following specific insignia:

Example
Garrison Cap Piping > Maroon-White (designating the Med Dept)
Class A Uniform (upper) Coat Lapels > collar disks with US + Caduceus
Class A Uniform (lower) Coat Lapels and Garrison Cap Distinctive Insignia > specific DI of the Infantry Regiment (and not the 1st Med Bn)
Med Det Guidon > Dark Blue wool bunting with white appropriate Regimental numbers, white Infantry Muskets, and MED (designating the Med Det)

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Re: Greeting from London

Tue Jun 25, 2013 23:20

Alain wrote:Hi Guys,

Just some additional advice here ...
Please consult our pages related to the use of individual and personal First Aid kits.
As a Private you should wear the Suspender + 2 Pouches (for contents see > http://www.med-dept.com/personnel_kits.php)
:


Got it, i've seen many reenactors using only 1bag as a medics tho, so wondering if that was a common thing during the war, or private medic was always carrying 2bags??

pete

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Re: Greeting from London

Wed Jun 26, 2013 23:07

Hi Pete,

If you read our Article, you SHOULD know !
Furthermore, 2 pouches were necessary, since their contents were different.
It's as simple as that :)

Cheers,
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