Before i got my pup tent,to start with i only had one half of one(the other half rotted!), intitally,when i went to the stanby event last year,as i did not have a "period" tent ,nor poncho either at that time, so i "improvised ,adapted and overcame!" and made a lean too with it and then made a fire in front of it so it captured the heat ,i slept on the "rubber bitch" in a period M49 sleeping bag (complete with water resistant cover).and also pulled a mosquito helmet net over my head/face as the place was alive with bitting nats and other insects,then doused my face with Bug juice and settled down for the night!
Just as well i had the cover on it as the heavens opened with torential rain lasting for hours !,the one half of the pup was a little holed and had a few tears,but it was better than nothing,and leaked like a sive and despite lying in a pool of water all night(of which i was blissfully unaware!) i was nice and dry by the dawn ,thus i was delighted to find this 43 year old item still functioned well !
But Sadly i had left all my uniform & kit out all night!!! which was by then throughly soaked !,and again fortunatly i had a spare uniform in one of the waterproof liners in my Tropical rucksack along socks etc,with my boots kept under my helmet (PHEW!),a definate bonus!
i did see a couple of other guys trudging round in the forest in wet uniforms & soggy M56 webbing Yuk!,but on that day i was wearing the M67 set up for that weekend,which despite the rain was better suited as it worked out alot more practicle !
definatly an intresting document devildog!