Just arriving in Siwa, this trooper wears
his black beret with the LRDG "scorpion" affixed. The
badge and beret was was never adopted as an official head dress
for the unit but commanders looked the other way.
This soldier also has his MT goggles around his neck.
The uniform is again Khaki Drill, however the shorts are longer
and lack the 1st aid pouch. KD shorts were often called Bombay Bloomers
and this pair is a prime example of why the nickname existed. The
shorts are long and loose fitting. In this case, they have actually
been rolled up! The reason for the long loose fitting shorts is
to allow the air to circulate under the shorts and to aid in keeping
the sun off the skin.
The trooper is armed with an M1928 Thompson, complete with the
vertical fore grip. To protect the SMG from dust and sand, a sock
has been slipped over the muzzle and canvas cover is snapped over
the breech, trigger, and magazine openings.
The troopers feet are shod with "chukka" boots and standard
issue socks. He has long since stopped wearing putties around his