Organisation And Routine Orders
Historically, a Provost section was commanded by a Sergeant, with two Corporals and up to ten Lance Corporals or Privates. Most Provost were Lance Corporals. In our reenactor section, potential members join as privates, upon succesful completion of 3 local training nights and one approved tactical or public event, they are promoted to Lance Corporal. At present, the Section is not recruiting.
No 1 Detachment
NCO I/C Sergeant (also I/C Section)
No 2 Detachment
NCO I/C A/Corporal (also 2I/C Section)
The primary duties of 5 Provost are Traffic Control (TC) and Route Recconnisance. All Provost engaged in TC will carry a whistle and Cuffs, Traffic Control or white gloves. On tacticals, improper parking has sometimes been a problem. A route must be kept clear for ambulances or emergency vehicles in case of injury. This is a "no duff " requirement. Parking and route requirements will be made known to the NCO i/c Provost by the OC Excercise. A route signing and marking kit is held by the section. This will be taken to all tacticals and operational excercises. Prisoner of War Control may be required at tacticals.
A duty performed by Provost that is sometimes overlooked is that of providing aid and information to soldiers on leave. For historical purposes, this means knowing the location of drinking establishments and "houses of swell fame", and being able to direct off duty soldiers to these places. After the revelry is over, it is likely that there may be a few soldiers that will require assistance in reaching their billets. For practical reenactor purposes the Provost must be aware of the location of:
MIR or medical facilities
and be able to direct reenactors to these locations.
Reenactor Disciplinary patrols are another duty carried out by Provost. When cautioning a soldier, Provost must use discression. It is vital to remember that both Provost and the Infantry are re-enactors, with the emphasis on "actor". A Provost has no more real authority than the soldier is willing to grant him. Minor faults such as a dirty cap badge or uniform are better left up to the soldier's NCO or Officer to correct. If you notice a soldier committing a real offence that might bring his unit into disrepute or lead to a real charge (such as open liquor on the street or in a vehicle) caution him quietly and privately if possible, as a fellow re-enactor, not as a Provost.
Note: Nothing in these orders will replace or negate MAMH or SRSA policies.
Standards of Dress
The motto of the Canadian Provost Corps was"Discipline By Example." Canadian troops have always had the reputation of pride in their unit and pride in themselves as soldiers. Provost dress, deportment and self discipline were of a very high standard, even for the Canadian Army. The Canadian Provost Corps is therefore an "elite within an elite." It is our duty as reenactors to honour the soldiers of the Canadian Provost Corps of the Second World War.
1. Standards of dress and deportment of the Canadian Provost Corps were of the highest order, even when in the field. Cap badges and brass buckles will be kept highly polished. Uniforms will be clean and pressed. Boots will be blackened and polished. It is recommended that a pair of " not-quite-as-highly-polished-as-my-best-boots" be reserved for field tacticals. White equipment will be cleaned and touched up as required. Artist's Gesso (acrylic) is ideal for this purpose, as it closely approximates the original. White paint or shoe polish should not be used. Gesso, blanco, brasso and button sticks are held in the section QM Stores for issue.
2. Uniforms must fit properly. Clothing that is too tight restricts movement and can be very uncomfortable. This also puts stress on the material and can result in split seams or tears. Original Pattern 1937 Battledress is getting harder to find and expensive to replace. It is up to you to protect your investment. Some people find that the wool battledress itches or causes rashes. One trick is to wear lightweight one or two piece long underwear. Constant dry cleaning of the battledress is not required in order for it to remain in good condition. A thorough brushing when dry will remove most mud or dirt. Some stains can be removed with a damp rag.
When pressing the battledress jacket, ensure that the pleats at the back are pressed. The pockets should be ironed flat, and the back of the sleeves pressed along the seam. There is no crease on the front of the sleeve. Before pressing the battledress, ensure that it is clean.
A khaki beret will be worn by all ranks. The modern reproduction is acceptable, but an original, in good condition is preferable. The beret should not be shrunk, the style of the 1940's was to have a large floppy beret. A highly polished King's Crown cap badge will be worn, centered over the left eye. The badge will be backed with a piece of red felt or wool, preferably sewn to the beret in the correct location. The felt should be tested to ensure that the dye is stable and will not transfer to the beret if wet.
3. All Provost should have two pairs of boots. Boots will be ladder laced, either method is acceptable. Boots must fit well, as improperly fitting boots are uncomfortable and can actually damage your feet. For the proper fitting of boots consult Dress Regulations Annex "C". Do not use an iron to smooth out the pebble finish or to try to get a higher gloss. Future Floor Wax is a method of cheating to get a high gloss on the boots, but it is fragile and has to be stripped off and replaced constantly. It is not recommended. Cleats and studs are historically correct and required. Boots must be leather soled, however rubber replacement heels are acceptable.
Wool socks are preferable to synthetic ones as wool absorbs moisture and retains body heat even when wet. Plain grey socks are to be worn. Socks should be changed daily and any holes repaired properly. Padded insoles such as Dr. Scholl's can be worth their weight in gold on a long tactical, but ensure that they don't restrict your feet.
4. No badges or insignia other than those authorised in the regulations will be worn on the uniform. See Dress Regulations Annex "B".
1. The standard issue weapon is the Enfield No2 MkI* revolver. Substitute Standard weapons used by the Provost include Colt revolvers and M1911A1 automatics, Smith and Wesson Military & Police or "Victory" models. No. 2 Inglis Browning pistols are correct as of late 1944. Deactivated Enfield revolvers and other deactivated pistols are held by Provost stores and are available for issue. Pistols, whether functional or not, will have the white lanyard securely attached. The lanyard will be looped around the neck, under the epauletes with the slide centered even with the top of the breast pockets. Stens and less often, U.S. Carbines M1 were carried in the field. Stens, Carbines and rifles with bayonets fixed were carried by Provost guarding prisoners.
2. During events where the public is present, pistols will not be drawn from the holster. Under no circumstances will a member of the public be permitted to handle a firearm. If a functional pistol is carried on a tactical, only blank ammunition of an approved type will be carried. Currently, the approved type is commercial .38 S&W blank for the Enfield and Colt revolvers and Canadian issue type 9mm for the Inglis Browning. Under no circumstances will handloaded blank be carried or used. Pistols will never be pointed directly at any person. Pistols and ammunition will be inspected before an event, and will be cleared in the approved manner at the end of an event.
3. Only those members with a C302 Carry Permit or a C301 Permit to Convey will carry a functional revolver. All Provost recruits must be in possession of a valid FAC, PAL or POL or be in the process of applying for or renewing one.
1. Hair will be kept short, with a tapered back. This means NO mullets. The modern buzz cut or whitewall is not correct. All ranks will be clean shaven at all times, however properly trimmed moustaches are permitted. Beards are right out.
2. Period (round) eyeglasses will be worn by those members requiring them. Period or reproduction sunglasses are permitted, except when on parade.
3. Compliments will be paid to Officers at all times, except when in the field. A compliment is a salute, not, "say, Captain Jones, you look particularly gorgeous this morning." Officers and Warrant Officers will be addressed as "Sir". NCOs will be addressed by their rank. Lance Corporals are referred to or addressed as "Corporal." Compliments will be paid to all serving and retired Officers who may be attending public functions. Foreign Officers, serving and retired, including veterans of formerly enemy countries will be paid the same respects as Canadian Officers. If appropriate, a guard will turn out for Field or General Officers. Compliments will not be paid to reenactor enemy officers below Field rank, but if they are being escorted as prisoners, orders given to them will be prefixed by "sir" or by their rank.
4. Provost will not smoke, chew gum or drink when in view of the public. The white equipment and armband will not be worn off duty.
RO #2 - Updated October, 1999
Summer dress is now authorised by MAMH for field reenactments. Summer dress for the Provost consists of:
5 PROVOST COY DRESS REGULATIONS
(APPROXIMATE) SIZE CHART - Pattern 1937 Men's Battledress
NB: British Pattern 1940 battledress was rarely used by Canadian troops and only as a temporary measure in Italy. Pattern 1940 and improperly converted Pattern 1949BD will not be worn by Provost.(updated April 1996)
Regular Size SOME VARIATIONS MAY BE FOUND BETWEEN WAIST SIZES OF JACKETS AND TROUSERS Hieght Chest Waist Breech (seat) 1 H 5'3 - 5'4 C 32 - 33 W 28 - 29 BR 33 - 34 2 H 5'3 - 5'4 C 34 - 35 W 30 - 31 BR 35 - 36 3 H 5'3 - 5'4 C 36 - 37 W 31 - 32 BR 37 - 38 4 H 5'5 - 5'6 C 34 - 35 W 29 - 30 BR 35 - 36 5 H 5'5 - 5'6 C 36 - 37 W 31 - 32 BR 37 - 38 6 H 5'5 - 5'6 C 38 - 39 W 33 - 34 BR 39 - 40 7 H 5'7 - 5'8 C 36 - 37 W 30 - 31 BR 36 - 37 8 H 5'7 - 5'8 C 38 - 39 W 32 - 33 BR 38 - 39 9 H 5'7 - 5'8 C 40 - 41 W 34 - 35 BR 40 - 41 10 H 5'9 - 5'10 C 36 - 37 W 31 - 32 BR 37 - 38 11 H 5'9 - 5'10 C 38 - 39 W 33 - 34 BR 39 - 40 12 H 5'9 - 5'10 C 40 - 41 W 35 - 36 BR 41 - 42 13 H 5'11 - 6'0 C 38 - 39 W 33 - 34 BR 39 - 40 14 H 5'11 - 6'0 C 40 - 41 W 35 - 36 BR 41 - 42 15 H 5'11 - 6'0 C 42 - 43 W 37 - 38 BR 43 - 44 16 H 6'1 - 6'2 C 39 - 40 W 34 - 35 BR 40 - 41 17 H 6'1 - 6'2 C 41 - 42 W 36 - 37 BR 42 - 43 18 H 6'1 - 6'2 C 43 - 44 W 38 - 39 BR 44 - 45 Oversize 19 H 5'6 - 5'7 C 41 - 42 W 35 - 36 BR 41 - 42 20 H 5'6 - 5'7 C 43 - 44 W 37 - 38 BR 43 - 44 21 H 5'6 - 5'7 C 44 - 45 W 39 - 40 BR 46 - 46 22 H 5'7 - 5'8 C 42 - 43 W 36 - 37 BR 42 - 43 23 H 5'7 - 5'8 C 44 - 45 W 38 - 39 BR 44 - 45 24 H 5'7 - 5'8 C 46 - 47 W 40 - 41 BR 46 - 47 25 H 5'9 - 5'10 C 43 - 44 W 37 - 38 BR 43 - 44 26 H 5'9 - 5'10 C 45 - 46 W 39 - 40 BR 45 - 46 27 H 5'9 - 5'10 C 47 - 48 W 41 - 42 BR 47 - 48 28 H 5'11 - 6'0 C 44 - 45 W 39 - 40 BR 45 - 46 29 H 5'11 - 6'0 C 46 - 47 W 41 - 42 BR 47 - 48 30 H 5'11 - 6'0 C 48 - 49 W 43 - 44 BR 49 - 50
Note: Minor variations in size may also be found due to drycleaning, washing or tailoring.
Clothing and equipment
The following articles are required and are usually availible from the section NCO:
Other equipment (Purchase optional. Usually availible for purchase or loan from section NCO. Condition varies from good to mint.)