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A toggle rope was part of the standard equipment of British commandos [1] and the Parachute Regiment during World War II. It was 6 feet (1.8 m) long, and had a toggle at one end in a tightly fitting eye splice, with a larger eye at the other end. [2] [3] This enabled them to be fastened together to create an ersatz rope ladder, or to secure around a bundle for hauling, among other uses as well as an ad-hoc truncheon. The ropes were carried around the commandos and paratroopers waists while not in use. [4] The toggle rope was also used by US Army Rangers [5] and Australia in the Vietnam War as the fibre rope assembly, single leg, polyester fibre, 1in circ. 9ft long [6] [7] Later variants of the nylon rope lacked the toggle and was 10mm x 4m long and was stored in a 1 ft long coil when stashed away. Modern day issued variants are the Platatac toggle rope.


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  1. USE OF TOGGLE ROPES Sgt John Liddle, 22nd Training Battalion Royal Marines. 1st Feb 1944
  2. Pre-Service Physical Training and Recreation for Army Cadets 1943, Chapter 17 IMPROVISATION AND MAINTENANCE OF APPARATUS AND KIT FOR PHYSICAL AND RECREATIONAL TRAINING p.154
  3. Home Guard Instruction Manual No.51, Part III Patrolling
  4. Ladd, James (1 January 1979). Commandos and Rangers of World War II. p. 241. ISBN   9781131235172.
  5. The RANGER-December 1, 1941, How to Make a Good TOGGLE ROPE For Your Ranger Work.