British Army Motorcycle Riding Boots

Discussion in 'WWII' started by blethook, May 21, 2009.

  1. blethook

    blethook One of the Regulars

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    Hi all,

    Just scored these on ebay...size 8 Medium
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    Seems like it's a British Army issue (from 1944) made by a company called Moccasin Makers in Northampton.
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    The overall condition appears to be very good with very little wear (mild wear on the sole).
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    Anyone has a bit of information of these boots?

    Thanks in advance,
    Blethook
     
  2. Pip

    Pip A-List Customer

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    Very nice boots indeed, I've a pair myself.


    Not motorcyclist boots though. They are private purchase British Officers 'Field Boots', worn instead of ammo boots in the field. Extremely practical and generally very comfortable!
     
  3. blethook

    blethook One of the Regulars

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    Pip,

    Thanks for the info. One more question: How come they've got the broadarrow marking if they're private purchase?

    Regards
     
  4. Pip

    Pip A-List Customer

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    It's a slightly tricky one, one which I've complicated by using "private purchase" in the wrong sense haha. Basically they were manufactured officially for the army (hence the broadarrow) and were available to officers through the army stores (etc) although the officers weren't physically obliged to buy them, resulting in the majority not doing so.


    There aren't a great deal of photos showing them in use, although there is a famous one of the 1st Battalion of the Border Regiment (group photo, one of the officers is wearing them) and a slightly more obscure photo of No1 Combined Operations Bombardment Unit in which the RA officer is wearing a pair.
     
  5. Norumbega

    Norumbega One of the Regulars

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    I see from the position of the feet that the poor chap has gone down.......:D
     
  6. alden405

    alden405 A-List Customer

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    Lucian Truscott wore these,i also have photos of Ernest Harmon wearing these boots.Both men were Generals in ww2
     
  7. H.Johnson

    H.Johnson One Too Many

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    RAOC Officers' Boots

    May I observe that these are Ordnance Officers boots, and were intended for use by commissioned officers in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps - which handled storage and transport of munitions. As officers' equipment they were not issue, but were available through the ROAC depot supply system, having been manufactured according to contract. Not quite 'private purchase', which implies that officers could have bought them 'to pattern' on individual order from suppliers of their choosing.

    According to Brayley and Ingram Uniforms of the WW2 Tommy (page 122) they were not popular. Officers in other arms of service may have 'borrowed' them They should not be confused in B&W photgraphs with the motorcyclists' boots ('don-R boots') that have similar uppers but a different toe and are black (but this may not show). Here's another pair:

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  8. jeep44

    jeep44 One of the Regulars

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    Motorcyclist's boots are very similar, but black pebbled leather, and with three straps instead of two. Early versions had a metal plate on the right instep to deal with the kickstarter.
     
  9. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    Not so similar- more like the ammo boot,
    with the addition of the 3 buckled shaft.

    The officer boot has the moccasin toe.

    As HJ said, really


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