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WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:02 am
by Daniel Ezra
Who sells off-the-peg second world war British, or American uniforms?

It looks I am finally going to take the plunge into WWII, and I want to do Free French Foreign Legion, who were equiped by the British, untill 19944, and by the Americans for the Italian and French campaigns.

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:23 am
by John Waller
http://legionetranger.org/links.html

But I would caution that you take advice from experienced WWII re-enactors as quality and accuracy of kit varies considerably.

Ask at http://www.wwiireenacting.co.uk/forum/

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:28 am
by Daniel Ezra
I know Sutlers do do WWII, but i thought there was another firm. Not "Soldiers of Fortune", but somthing like that.

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:19 am
by John Waller
Daniel Ezra wrote:I know Sutlers do do WWII


I would definitely advise caution!

Are you thinking of Pegasus or What Price Glory?

Seriously, ask on the WWII site.

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:37 am
by 7thLeicesters
Pegasus Militaria is by far the best - made to order though, but at least you're getting quality.

What Price Glory stuff is made for 'modern' people, the jacket is too long and goes down towards the modern waist ie above the hips - Soldier of Fortune is WPG stuff just imported

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:00 pm
by fangorn
pegasus, when you can get the stuff is good, if you are of the larger build, then go for whatpriceglory in the states, or for speed, in the uk,but at a price, soldier of fortune in wales, jerry lee at what price glory normally does package deals which work out really well :D

owt else just ask, oh, and for insignia, try monty's locker,dereks stuff is generally spot on !

andy

ww2 mickey taker

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:53 pm
by nix
for british kit try sabre sales in portsmouth

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:37 pm
by Dannolad
SOF Military do sell original and repro kit:

Linky

Some of it can be a little steep.

If you live anywhere near Newbury, there is a clothing barn just off the A4 that occasionally gets battledress and boots that turn up in the clothing recycling and they sell and hire.

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:01 pm
by Miss Costello
SoF are not particularly reccomended. A lot of the time you have to re-purchase some time later as it doensn't look good next to other repro.

Pegasus, at a push WPG. What sort of kit are you going for? Battledress or KD?

I know some decent dealers for French stuff too.

K

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:59 pm
by latheaxe
Miss Costello wrote:SoF are not particularly reccomended. A lot of the time you have to re-purchase some time later as it doensn't look good next to other repro.

Pegasus, at a push WPG. What sort of kit are you going for? Battledress or KD?

I know some decent dealers for French stuff too.

K


You cant really make a statement like that..It all depends what gear someone is after.As ever with all traders some stock they sell is good and some not so good.For example at the moment they sell the best off the peg jumpsuits in the country.You have to use different traders for different things.As said previously you are better off asking on the ww2 forum as there will be people on there who can direct you to the best traders for the gear you need.. :wink:

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:25 am
by Miss Costello
Sorry, I feel I can make that statement! I've spent over 12 years buying the kit! If you ask on the WW2 forum you'll get the same answer. The jumpsuits are ok, but not the best. It depends how authentic you want to be. I assume that doing FFL he's going to need either Battledress or KD, both of which from SoF are a waste of money.
K

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:07 pm
by latheaxe
No you cant lol...Sof jumpsuits are the best you can get in this country,better ones are generally available at WPG but there based in the states.It doesnt matter how long you have been re-enacting it doesnt change the fact that every trader sells good and bad products.You have to shop around and get some gear from one and more from another.I cant advise him on British gear as im into US stuff so i steered the guy to the ww2 forum insted of making sweeping statements about traders lol :wink: :D

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:11 pm
by the real lord duvet
SoF stall at events not bad, you can see what you're buying.

SoF mail order, they seem to have a bin of crap to clear out.

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:59 pm
by Miss Costello
He'll get the same answer there.
Most of the US AB groups won't buy from SoF. Not a sweeping statement, just years of experience and wasted cash! :D

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:12 pm
by the real lord duvet
irony is lost on some.
The irony of making a sweeping statement about the opinion everybody shares on another forum as defence against a sweeping statement .

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:42 pm
by Miss Costello
Not lost. Just temporarily misplaced. :D

SoF do some decent bits. Tankers berets, some of the WLA kit is ok. But sadly they've been bypassed in quality in most things. It's ok for whatdo they call it? 'promenading' but doesn't wear well and I've had one of their BD jackets for about 4 years and despite lots of wear, a JML bobbleoff and being used as a picnic blanket it still doesn't sit right and looks....weird. The cut of the sleeve is wrong, the collar is set incorrectly.

I could say a lot about it, but it's all been said elsewhere.

Taff Gillingham is producing some good stuff at Khaki Devil, forgot to mention that!
K

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:53 pm
by Mart
What uniform you get depends on what scenario you are planning
for example if you are planning on portraying the 13th DBLE you have Narvik (french uniform), N.Africa and Italy (British desert) France 1944 (British BD unless you are portraying one of the 650 Ukrainians captured from the Waffen SS that were put in US gear due to them being in the Southern sector of the front) Weapons you can get away with US from Italy onwards, Thomsons, Grease guns, 30 cals etc.

Epic militaria are ok for off the peg stuff http://www.epicmilitaria.co.uk/section. ... b8a0f7141/

Spearhead on ebay also do some quality gear though I dont look at the US / Brit stuff often there.

hope that helps you some but as previously advised pop to the ww2 forums theres bound to be some experts on there :)


on a note about SOF I wont touch them with a barge pole!!! 5 uniforms Ive ordered 3 were wrong size never got the right one back and took 4 weeks to refund me!, one the stitching ripped out after hanging it up, another one 3 of the 5 buttons fell off first time on doing them up never good quality imo ......they also have a knack of holding onto your credit card details for a couple of weeks before telling you were out of stock!

Mart
Fallschirmjager, KGS

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:28 pm
by Miss Costello
That was my experience more than once! (and did we say be careful with warhorse?) :|

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:23 pm
by ZoeRPM
There's probably still quite a bit of WWII kit still stocked by government surplus stores.

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:59 am
by Adam the Archer
Does anyone recommend Warhorse?

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:56 pm
by Sasha
ZoeRPM wrote:There's probably still quite a bit of WWII kit still stocked by government surplus stores.


You'd be wrong there...

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:51 am
by Miss Costello
I dont know anyone who reccomends warhorse.

See here;

http://www.wwiireenacting.co.uk/forum/v ... t=warhorse

and do a search on there for page after page of horror stories. I wouldnt buy from a company who have this on their site;

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it also states a 6 month waiting list for uniforms.

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:23 pm
by Adam the Archer
Thanks Miss Costello - I did see that on their site and wondered!

Re: WWII uniform suppliers

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:27 pm
by Miss Costello
I'm afraid I approached them at a show and their customer 'service' was just as interesting face to face.

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