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ROPE SOLED COMMANDO BOOTS
DURING WWII AN EXERCISE BETWEEN THE EARLY COMMANDOS AND A DETACHMENT FROM THE HOME GUARD AUXILIARY ( HGA ) UNIT, THE COMMANDOS WERE GUARDING A BRIDGE AND A SMALL NUMBER OF THE HGA'S ATTACHED OLD ROPE SACKING TO THE BOTTOM OF THEIR BOOTS. THIS MADE THEM COMPLETELY QUIET AND THE COMMANDOS DID NOT HEAR THEM GO UNDER THE BRIDGE. THE COMMANDO'S COMMANDING OFFICER AFTER THE EXERCISE TALKED TO THE HGA'S OFFICER ABOUT HOW THEY GOT UNDER THE BRIDGE WITHOUT BEING DETECTED AND HE SHOWED HIM WHAT THEY DID .
THE COMMANDO CO TOOK THE IDEA FURTHER AND THEY PRODUCED IN LIMITED NUMBER ROPE SOLED BOOTS WHICH WERE COMPLETELY QUIET
WHICH THEN WERE ISSUED TO THE COMMANDOS FOR SMALL RAIDS WHERE SILENCE WAS REQUIRED WHEN MOVING THROUGH STREETS , ROADS AND CLIMBING .
THIS PAIR I FOUND RECENTLY AND IS ONE OF ONLY A SMALL NUMBER KNOWN IN EXISTENCE
THESE ARE TEN HOLED WITH ROPE SOLES AND HEALS 1941 DATED AND ARE A SIZE 10 COMPLETELY LEFT AS FOUND ( NOT CLEANED )