Occasionally Patrols would work side by
side or meet up at certain rendezvous points while on patrol. This
member of the Scots Guard has recently arrived at a small oasis
where a New Zealand patrol is also camped.
While on patrol it is strictly forbidden to use patrol water for
hygiene or shaving but with abundant (albiet brackish) water available
at the oasis the rules changed. Much to the bemusement of the New
Zealanders the Guardsman has taken the opportunity to shave, wash
and straighten up his Tam o' Shanter as he prepares to turn
out for parade.
The Scots Guard was part of the Guards Brigade and therefore was
one of the few Scottish Regiments that did not wear a Tam o' Shanter
as part of the regulation uniform. This minor detail did not seem
to stop the tam from appearing among the Scotsmen of the Guards
The Guards Patrols were drawn from the Coldstream and Scots Guards,
two elite regiments of the British Army. The Guards Regiments are
typically an all volunteer force that beside being the best of the
best are also detailed to guard Buckingham Palace and other royal
properties. As such they are known for their parade ground smartness
and being on the square, that is exhibiting a high degree of professionalism.
His uniform consist of the Khaki Drill (KD) shirt and trousers.
The KD shirt is "unbloused" or not tucked. Note that the
shirt is actually a pullover design in that it does not button all
the way down. This was the standard issued KD shirt in the British
The KD trousers have faded less than the shirt probably because
they have been worn less. Unlike the KD shorts and the Battle Dress
trousers, the KD trousers have no 1st aid pocket or large cargo
The trooper is also wearing a pair of non regulation desert boots.
The boots were made of a light buff colored suede and had a rubber
sole. Today's "Hush Puppy" desert boots are very similar
in design. The boots were lighter and cooler than the issued ammunition
boots but proved to be resilient.
The trooper has slung his issued canteen over his shoulder with
a 1937 pattern web strap. He is armed with the very popular SMLE
rifle slung on his shoulder.