Operation Jedburgh Re-enactment Group

Special Forces in France 1944 - 1945

Operation Jedburgh

Personnel Kit List / Requirement

The section below lays out not just the British and Commonwealth forces rules on uniform and equipment but the general rules and regulations for the group which are based on actual evidence either photographic or recorded other rules and regulations are based on re-enactor common sense and decency, remember we are doing this to help to remember and educate not to glory or for self promotion.

 

British and Commonwealth Forces

Persona:

The group acts on a third person persona, we are telling their story and explain what happened and explain who, what, were and why. We will only go to a first person persona when asked to by the organisers, then and only then, we did not go through it or witness it so we will only go into first person only very limited occasions. First person is when you are telling the story as though you have personally gone through it or witnessed it. We do recommend that you create a first person persona for when it is required; this is a fictional character, service number, personal history e.t.c

Unit:

The previous unit for your impression must come from the list supplied or you must have historical evidence to prove that personnel from that unit served within the Jedburgh force, due to the historical facts no two members can come from the same previous unit.

Rank:

Ranks with the Jedburgh force were quite high due to its speciality and operational requirements, with a majority being Officers and SNCO’s, a theoretical example break down of rank is as follows:

1. Team leader: Captain, Major, or Lt Col

2. 2/ic / Radio Op: 2ND Lieut., Lieut., Captain, Major, S/Sgt or Sgt

3. Linguist / Radio Op: Foreign National, Officer or SNCO

This is only an example as nearly every team was different. Teams could be made up of for example two French Officers and one American SNCO or one American Officer, one British Officer and one Polish SNCO e.t.c. A limited amount of four-man teams were also put into action as well, but follow the same rank and nationality lines as above.

Awards (All Impression Nationalities):

No member of the group may wear medals or medal ribbons on either Service or Battledress which have not been earned in Military or Civil Service, members who have actually been awarded medals and awards due to service may wear them on Service or Battledress on Remembrance Parade and ribbons on Service or Battledress during social occasions. Modern medals, awards and ribbons will not be worn when in uniform during public display time due to historical accuracy.

Qualification Insignia:

From photographic evidence it shows that the wearing of qualification badges on both Service and Battledress was very limited. The most common to be worn was the SF and standard parachute wing for Officers and the same for SNCO’s, either both or one or the other more commonly the SF wing. Very few British Officers and SNCO’s partook in other nationality’s parachute training unlike other nationalities contingents within the Jedburghs for example one French Officer boasted French, British and Polish wings as well as his SF wing. SNCO’s qualification insignia such as Bren Gunner, Radio Op/Signaller and Marksman e.t.c are very rarely seen on Battledress.

Other Insignia:

Other than rank and qualification very few other pieces of insignia were worn. War Service stripes may be worn but only the maximum of four. Wound stripes may not be worn unless you have actually been wounded in combat against actual enemy whilst in actual military service. Previous unit tradition items may be worn such as hackles, tassels and lanyards but we do insist it is kept to a minimum we don’t want to see a lot of “Christmas Trees.” Some of the depot staff have been seen wearing unit shoulder titles and arms or service stripes but none of the actual combat teams have been seen wearing them. Most of all remember this was a secret force due to security most insignia would have been stripped off.

Uniform

Basic

Battledress:

All Battledress to be either original or best reproduction we recommend Solider of Fortune, What Price Glory or Pegasus Militaria for insignia we recommend Solider of Fortune and Pegasus Militaria, for the SF wing we strongly recommend Biggles_rfc on eBay, as the most accurate example available. We do no except post war Greek, Dutch, Belgium e.t.c or 46, 47 , 49 Ptn Battledress converts, the only exception is close to type trousers for re-enacting battles as they are cheap and are off plenty, due to the nature of battles items can get easily damaged most off all trousers. No DMS Soled Boots

37 or 40 Pattern battledress blouse, Officers can have it tailored open at the neck. Insignia as mentioned previously.

37, 40, Commando or parachute battledress trousers.

US E.M and Officers collared shirt, private purchase shirt or British collarless shirt with collar all with tie for Officers. SNCO without tie and collarless shirt. For combat impression Officer and SNCO’s alike can wear the collarless shirt with a scrim net scarf. Also British KD shirts are allowed.

Officers brown or black buckle or lace ammo boots, SNCO’s black ammo boots. Corcorran jump boots and Boots SV can also be worn. There is also evidence of Crepe soled boots being worn.

Jumpers can be either American or British issue. Sleeve or Sleeveless.

Denison Smock, standard issue for the combat teams either 1ST or 2ND pattern, Officers full length zip modification permitted. Insignia is rank on right arm only for SNCO’s, Officers on shoulders normally on sliders for easy removal; SF wing is only seen rarely on the Denison.

Headdress:

Previous unit headdress is to be worn either it be GS, FS, Beret, Tam O’ Shanter etc and correct for rank of person, standard issue or private purchase are allowed. Previous unit cap badge is to be correct issue for the rank e.g. Officers bronze and SNCO brass. For Scottish units cap badge backing tartan is permitted. Either reproduction from Solider of Fortune, What Price Glory or Pegasus Militaria are expectable, originals are strongly recommended. Cap badge should be original at all possibilities

Helmets are to be the standard British Helmet Steel Airborne Troops, Helmet Steel Airborne Troops Mk1or Helmet Steel Airborne Troops Mk2, we would recommend a reproduction from Pegasus Militaria but original Mk2’s can be picked up from as little as £50 and still ideal, helmets are to be worn whenever in the combat impression and are to be used with a standard helmet net for the helmet.

Webbing:

There are two options regarding webbing a pistol order approach or battle order from most photograph’s which have been seen we recommend the pistol order approach. The main differences are that pistol order uses the webbing extensions and in the battle order it utilises the utility pouches. Below is a list of pouches and items allowed for the webbing either pistol or battle order. All webbing items to have brass fittings and to be original or good reproduction. All items should be Blanco’ed this should be KG3.

For people with foreign weapons e.g. M1 Carbine, Thompson, Colt .45 e.t.c their nationalities ammunition pouches and holsters can be used sparingly, the use of American pieces of kit such as Binoculars and pouch, compass are also allowed.

37 Ptn Belt (necessary)

37 Ptn Gaiters

37 Ptn Cross Straps

37 Ptn Webbing extensions OR 37 Ptn Utility pouches Mk2 (Popper closing)

37 Ptn Pistol/Revolver holster (necessary)

37 Ptn .38 ammunition pouch OR 37 Ptn pistol magazine pouch (preferable) (necessary)

37 Ptn Compass pouch and Compass

37 Ptn Envelope OR Skeleton water bottle holder with felt covered water bottle

37 Ptn Officers Haversack OR Standard Haversack

37 Ptn Wire cutters Pouch and Wire cutters

37 Ptn Binoculars Pouch and Binoculars

37 Ptn Map Case OR Folding Map Case with reproduction maps and pencils, ruler’s e.t.c.

Commando Bergen (necessary)

Associated weapon bandolier.

Other items:

These other items can really make an impression; it’s these things that make the more human interest in your impression. They are available from Solider of Fortune, What Price Glory or Pegasus Militaria but can also be made by you, below are an example list:

Mess tins

Scrim net scarf

Scarf / Commando cap comforter

Wash Roll and contents

Soap and Tin

Towel

Flashlight / Right angle Torch (TL22)

Inert Ammunition and Magazines

Magazine loading tool

AB64 Part 1 and 2

Wallet with period money and photographs

Various ration related items

Tommy cooker

Shell Dressing

Water bottle OR Thermos flash

Weapon cleaning kit

Spare Period Socks and Underwear

Emergency Rations

Cigarettes OR Pipe and Matches OR Lighter

Pocket knife or latter type of SOE clasp knife (without tire slasher)

Note book and Pens OR Pencils

 

Weapons:

All weapons to be the correct mark and modification for the period, no bayonet lug M1 Carbines, No5 Jungle Carbines or Mk2 FTR Lee Enfield No4’s! Weapons to be either a good replica or de-activated either old spec or new spec and supported with relevant de-activation paperwork for the latter. We recommend photocopies to be carried on your person during events and displays, photocopies to be marked “copy” for legal reasons. We strongly recommend that every member owns a long arm either rifle, carbine or SMG minimum, and secondly an automatic pistol when your able to obtain one. Weapons must have the correct sling for the period and the weapon is too cleaned and oiled regularly. Knifes and bayonets are never to be drawn and fitted to a weapon, if a member of public wishes to see a blade please explain to them politely why it can’t be drawn. Captured German weapons may be used in a combat impression only.

Basic examples most commonly seen.

 

BASIC : M1 OR M1A1 Carbine

BASIC : Colt 1911 OR 1911A1 .45

BASIC Option 2 : Browning OR Inglis High Power 9mm

BASIC : Fairbairn and Sykes fighting knife

BASIC Option 2 : M3 Fighting knife

M1 Garand (US impression)

No36M Mk1 Defensive Grenade

Pineapple Grenade

Gammon Bomb

Hawkins Mine

Smoke Grenade

No69 Mk1 Offensive Grenade

 

Maquisards and supplied via supply drops (Can be used by Jeds in combat impression only).

Webley Mk 4 .38

                                        Enfield Revolver .38 No. 2 Mk1*/**

                                        Smith and Wesson, Victory Revolver

                                        Mk 2, Mk2S OR Mk 5 Sten 9mm

                                        M1 OR M1A1 Thompson .45

                                        No 4 Mk 1 OR Mk 1* Lee Enfield

                                        No4 T Mk 1 Lee Enfield, 32 Scope

                                        Mk1 OR Mk 2  Bren

                                        BAR M1918A2 Automatic Rifle

                                        M1919A4 .30 Cal Machine Gun

                                        2in Mortar Infantry OR Airborne/Commando versions

                                        3in Mortar

                                        M1 OR M1A1 OR M9 Bazooka

                                        PIAT

                                        Limpet Magnetic Mine

                                        Captured weapons for combat impressions only.

 

                                        P08 Luger

                                        P38 Wather

                                        MP40

                                        MP44

                                        Mauser K98k

                                        MG42

                                        Polish Radom Viz.35 9mm (Also issued to SOE agents)

 

Advanced

Uniform:

For advanced impression we would recommend either smart battledress for Officers and SNCO’s or service dress for Officers. For battledress we recommend a freshly blanco’ed and brasso’ed belt and gaiters, polished boots and shirt and tie for SNCO’s as before but without gaiters and polished brown shoes for Officers. SNCO’s may wear black shoes without gaiters. Headwear it the same but more towards the private purchase and regimental traditions, buttons and cap badge to brasso’ed as required

Officers Service Dress is to be based on photographic evidence and research of your particular parent unit. Please note a service dress uniform can run into a high price and take many months to assemble.

For both uniforms it is to be kept clean, polished and well ironed, treat it like your best suit.

Equipment:

For the advanced equipment list it is more based around the actual jump equipment and heavy equipment used and carried by the Jedburgh teams for there own use and to equip and train the French resistance. This is an example by what is meant by advanced equipment:

Jump Equipment:

1. X type parachute

2. Over Smock

3. Leg bag

4. Weapon sleeve or felt valaise

5. Wicker supply baskets and parachutes

6. Drop canisters and parachutes

Radio Equipment:

Jedset Morse Transceiver with Generator (46/I) (Transmitter from the WS A Mk1*)

Nicholls Set (Type 48/I)

MRC1

WS A Mk1

S-Phone WS 37 - 43 pattern*

Eureka MK3 B (GB) and PPN1/2

BC611

Midget 36/1 MCR1 Phone Receiver

Type B. Mk. II


 

If you have any problems over kit or what is required for your impression please do not worry to contact one of the senior members as listed below.

We are all here to help!

Senior Jedburgh Team

Danny Rees

Capt. Daniel Rees, 1ST Btn. RWF

Paul Brennen

Lieut. Paul Brennen, RAC

Philip Smith - Keary

Sous-Lieut. Philippe Soulan, Nom De Guerre Havelock, BCRA

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