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Date Posted: 17:37:27 02/18/09 Wed
Author: Holler
Subject: Re: Another thought
In reply to: Smotherman 's message, "Re: Another thought" on 14:28:28 02/18/09 Wed

Leave it at home. You will stay warm. There will not be room on the wagon for it and I doubt you want to drop it along the road. BGR was hot! Cold is below zero.

Hairy Nation Boys

Well, I have a photo of me at the event and I do not
>have my coat on my knapsack. I don't plan to bring it
>this time. I may bring it and leave it in the car,
>depending on the last minute forecast.
>At BGR, I was cold one night and it was also the night
>my platoon pulled the midnight to 6 picket duty, so we
>may have felt it doubly so. That particular night was
>extremely cold for us since we were away from the
>fires. We stood picket with our blankets over our
>Other than that one night, I don't recall being that
>cold, but sweating during the day. We really lucked
>out on the weather.
>From a historical basis, it is mentioned that they
>carried knapsacks with one blanket, one gum blanket
>and a change of clothes (which I interpret to mean a
>clean shirt, drawers and socks). No mention of
>greatcoats. They had not yet been issued shelter
>halves. However, for the added value vs. weight, I
>recommend the half. It weighs next to nothing and can
>provide a wind block or extra cover at night or some
>minimum protection from rain.
>I recommend wearing your standard issue clothing: wool
>hat, wool shirt, wool jacket, wool pants, flannel
>drawers and wool socks. If you get sweaty during the
>day, when it is evident we are stopped for the night,
>immediately strip off the jacket and turn it inside
>out to dry and allow the shirt to air out. Build a
>fire and stand near to further dry out the sweat. If
>you can, drop your pants to dry your drawers a bit,
>too. Put on dry socks just before going to sleep.
>Bring a wool or heavy flannel sleeping cap, too. If
>you hands get cold while sleeping, put a spare pair of
>socks on them. Plan to spoon and sleep with feet near
>a fire. You should be fine.
>I plan to wear a cotton undershirt under my wool issue
>shirt to absorb the sweat of the day. At the end of
>the day I can change into a dry one, and dry out the
>damp one by the fire overnight.

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