This is a typical deluge
which occurred on a daily basis during the wet season. This was a
trying time for the infantryman, as there was no cover from the
pelting rain; it was not uncommon for the grunt to be continually
wet for days or weeks on end. An infantryman was trained to never
take his boots off during operations, however, on the first
operation (Operation Hardihood) having wet feet for several days,
many soldiers developed an intense itch in their feet. After
removing their boots and peeling off the socks, it revealed a
peeled layer of lily-white skin and yellow toenails.
Many soldiers never wore socks or underpants for the rest of their
tour. Issues of Jock-Straps from the RAP (Regimental Aid Post) were
This photograph is of D Company 1st Tour.
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