COMBAT MISSION
British Uniforms - Airborne Units

What is contained on this site are simple modifications.  To use them, simply save the files you find on this site into the BMP file on your hard drive (Look under Program Files, then the CMBO folder, then the BMP folder).  The originals can either be saved elsewhere on your hard drive as a backup, or retrieved from the Combat Mission CD if you want to change back to the original artwork.

To save the files, left click on the image.   Actual bitmap files are clearer than the .jpg representations given below.  The names (numbers) of the Combat Mission files that these are meant to replace are given above the images.  The file name used by Combat Mission consists of only three or four digits.

Uniforms

British Uniform - Blanco No. 3 
(Files 5051, 5054 and 5013)
Based on badinfo's Blanco mod
5011blanco.bmp (98358 bytes)   5014blanco.bmp (24630 bytes) 5013blanco.bmp (24630 bytes)

British web gear was treated with a compound called "Blanco" which helped preserve the web and keep it clean.  Blanco came in different colours; for the field the web gear was often treated with Blanco No. 3 which gave it a darker colour and better camouflage properties.  The paratrooper model in the game uses the same pants and footgear as standard infantry.

Battle Dress

For those so inclined, they can convert their battledress wearing troops to paratroopers also - or, by replacing the files for the Denison Smock, can change all their paras to battledress and also get a maroon beret into the bargain!    Bear in mind that all vehicle crews will have the same sleeve insignia.   If using the following bitmaps to replace the standard infantry battledress, use 5011 and 5012; the standard helmet and weapons will be retained.  This will also change the sleeves of any vehicle crews in British  uniform.

To change the actual paratrooper icon, replace files 5051 and 5054 as shown below, and don't forget to swap file 5054 for the one shown below.   This means none of the paratroopers in the game will now appear in the Denison smock, however, they will wear the maroon beret and carry the Airborne Mk V Sten gun (if so armed).  Armour and vehicle crews will retain "plain" battle dress (though jeep drivers purchased as "British Airborne" will still wear the insignia shown below).

Sleeve insignia should be swapped for either file 5012 (standard infantry) or 5052 (airborne infantry).

 

British Uniform - Blanco No. 3 
(Save as Files 5051, 5054)
Courtesy of "badinfo"
5011blanco.bmp (98358 bytes)   5014blanco.bmp (24630 bytes)

British web gear was treated with a compound called "Blanco" which helped preserve the web and keep it clean.  Blanco came in different colours; for the field the web gear was often treated with Blanco No. 3 which gave it a darker colour and better camouflage properties.

Airborne Divisions
Note - only the infantry battalions of these divisions are listed.

1st Airborne Division

May 1945.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
1st Parachute Brigade 1st Parachute Regiment
2nd Parachute Regiment
3rd Parachute Regiment
4th Parachute Brigade 10th Parachute Regiment
11th Parachute Regiment
156th Parachute Regiment
1st Airlanding Brigade 7th King's Own Scottish Borderers
1st Border Regiment
2nd South Staffordshire Regiment
17 Sep 44 - 27 Sep 44 The Nederrijn
                   
paragif.gif (2209 bytes)                  
6th Airborne Division

May 1945.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
3rd Parachute Brigade 8th Parachute Regiment
9th Parachute Regiment
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
5th Parachute Brigade 7th Parachute Regiment (Light Infantry)
12th Parachute Regiment (Yorkshire)
13th Parachute Regiment (Lancashire)
6th Airlanding Brigade 12th Devonshire Regiment
2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
1st Royal Ulster Rifles
6 Jun 44 Normandy Landing
23 Mar 45 - 1 Apr 45 The Rhine
                   
paragif.gif (2209 bytes)                  
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