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In the 1940s and '50s, soldiers wore canvas or leather ankle gaiters with their Ammo boots to provide a semblance of waterproofing - emphasis on the word 'semblance'. They were generally replaced by puttees in the late '50s - a great leap backwards and were up to the Falklands War until te arrival of the BCH. Nowadays, infantrymen are issued knee-length Gore-Tex gaiters to help keep water out of their combat boots and to keep their toes snug and toasty, Gaiters are also known as "Spats".