As the night falls, the desert quickly goes
from unbearably hot to near freezing. During the day, this trooper
was wearing his Khaki Drill (KD) shirt and shorts. He has slipped
on warmer clothing as he prepares to head out for a road watch.
The most noticable item is is Tropal coat. The Tropal coat was
an overcoat with a kapok lining first used during the defense of
Norway. Unlike the the great coat, which was normally double breasted,
the Tropal coat was single breasted.
The coat came in a distinctive shade of mustard brown with a reddish
brown face to the collar. A flap pocket was located on each side
of the coat. The coat was said to be heavy, uncomfortable, and warm.
The trooper wears a pullover sweater underneath the coat and just
visible under the sweater is his KD shirt. His pistol is worn under
the Tropal coat.
A pair of Battle Dress (BD) trousers is worn over his shorts.
On his feet is the issued Ammunition boots. It is believed
the boots get their name from the fact that they were once issued
through the ordinance corps of the British Army. Ammunition boots
had a hobnailed bottom making them heavy and uncomfortable in the
desert heat. The black finish of the boots has long since given
way to the grinding desert sand. Both the polish and dye have been
worn away so that the natural grays and tans of the leather are
The trooper prepares to set off for his mission with a cup a tea
laced with rum to ward off the night chill. The SRD (Supply Reserve
Depot) rum jug sits on the ground by his feet.