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British 2-person WW2 Model Bivouac Tent, Surplus

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What a gem! If you're into traditional camping or bushcraft, you'll love this pup tent. And if the proper good ol' looks wasn't enough, the model dates back all the way to the early '40s. Chances are, these were made exactly that long ago.

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British 2-person WW2 Model Bivouac Tent, Surplus. The green variety. The shade can vary from darker to a bit lighter.
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What a gem! If you're into traditional camping or bushcraft, you'll love this pup tent. And if the proper good ol' looks wasn't enough, the model dates back all the way to the early '40s. Chances are, these were made exactly that long ago.

There's not much to an A-frame pup tent. It's essentially a flysheet you prop up with two poles and stake to the ground for stability. The ends can be closed and feature mosquito nets to keep most bugs out but there's no inner tent or groundsheet.

Delightfully not modern

Zippers? Forget about those! You close the ends by daisy-chaining grommets and cordage loops. It's a simple and effective means that can be repaired in the field, and it's quick to open at night in case the bad guys attack.

Lightweight nylon? You must be a comedian: this is proper thick cotton canvas and there's a weight penalty involved with this tent. What you get is a comfortably dark tent even after sunrise, and the material doesn't go up in flames as soon as you even think of using a stove at the door.

Cotton canvas tents offer protection from the rain only when pitched properly taut. Cotton fibers swell in the rain and block water from penetrating. The fabric can be impregnated with Fabsil or similar to make it fare even better.

Alimunuimum? Hey it's wartime, metal has better uses. You get wooden poles and eight stakes and that's it.

Specifications

Height95 cm37.5"
Length (rectangular part)210 cm82.5"
Width183 cm72"
Packed size (excl. poles)60 x 28 cm23.5" x 11"
Total weight6.3 kg13.9 lbs
Weight excl. poles and stakes4.8 kg10.6 lbs

British army surplus

This is the real deal from way back. The model dates to 1942 but the tents are manufactured at a later date - these are not necessarily war relics! The manufacturer stamps we looked at were too faded to read, one carrying bag might have been made in 1943 but the age of the tents is anyone's guess.

The poles appear to be original but the stakes are definitely a crude spare item made way later. Guylines are original and in a good shape. We got pile of poles and stakes with the tents: the broken ones are sorted out and these are sold with the tents as complete sets until we run out of them.

To our surprise, the tents themselves are in very good condition for their age! For once, old stuff has been stored well enough to avoid any moth holes or rotting. Some tents were treated with talcum before putting them away. So it's as new? No! Age comes unavoidably with degradation of the materials.

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