I have just subscribed to this group. I have only read the most
recent messages but am rather intrigued by the line of questions. As
back ground for my comments I have been interested in the individual
soldiers methodes of survival in the brutal and uncomfortable times
of war for most of my life, I have been a soldier for the past 24
years and just returned from duty in Iraq.
The line of questions about fife cases and what some have done
to "improve" them balanced against documented authenticity made me
think about what I did to make equipment work for me. In a combat
situation the rules are eased to a great degree, most of my
equipment was not issued but procured and adapted to what I needed
it to do. I have found no information that our Rev War ancestores
were any less creative then we are. My rule of thumb has been ( in
living history) if I could think of it so could someone else, so
long as the matirial and methode used are authentic. That applies to
any situation that is not openly visible to the public. I also
continue to research those areas to find any reference to people
adapting equipment to work.
The Continental drum slings were anything and everything that would
hold the drum in place and not break the drummers neck. The two
easiest to use would be a British sling or maybe a peace of old rope.
But the research into that could be fasinating and could turn up
lots of interesting items and ideas.
I am not advicating that "anything goes", just remember that the
conditions were harsh and necessity is the mother of invention.
Heres a thought to end with. Leanardo Da Vince desinged the
helecopter...500 years before we actually made one fly.
Your humble servent,
Gen Coy, 42nd Royal Highland Regiment