9 Platoon C Company 2nd Tour
L to R: CPL "Jacko" Jackson, 2LT
Roger Lambert and SGT Peter Knight.
"The M16 and basic webbing on
the ground is mine together with the bandolier of spare M16
magazines each with 18 rounds of ball ammunition, second last one
red tracer and final round a ball ammunition round. The bandolier
was tied around my waist and allowed one to hug the ground when
required; that is, the basic pouches were on my hips and the two
water bottles on my bum cheeks.
The ‘giggle hat’ has crudely applied shades of paint as a form of
The M16 flash eliminator has a plastic cap we often used to keep
dust and other foreign objects out of the barrel. Note the well-worn
camouflage on the butt and fore grip of the rifle.
This photograph was taken during a resupply hence the absence of
water bottles from their pouches.
The pack behind me on the ground is a Special Forces pack with
aluminium frame that I carried throughout the tour; you can make out
the curvature of the bottom of the frame below my right knee.
Besides rations and three additional water bottles, I also carried
an additional bandolier of loaded M16 magazines, a Claymore mine and
detonator cord, two smoke grenades,
one thermal grenade and a 66mm LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon) strapped down the side of the
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