BACKGROUND: At the beginning of September 1939, the Canadian soldier looked remarkably like his counter part from 1918, wearing the 1914-18 pattern khaki service dress and the 1908-pattern web equipment. It was in September 1939 that the Canadian Army officially adopted the battle dress that had just been approved for use by the British in March 1939 and the first new uniforms arrived the last week of October. At first, Canadian troops embarking to Great Britain, were completely clothed in Canadian made battledress and upon arrival were then issued British steel helmets and modern 1937-pattern webbing. Canadian individual equipment was copied directly from the British 1937-pattern web equipment with manufacture starting at the beginning of 1940 and mass distribution began in October of the same year. The Canadian equipment differed its British equivalent by its more yellow coloring and the brown paint that was sometimes used to cover the metal parts. Although not considered a component of the P37 web set, utility pouches were issued in pairs and were used mainly to store extra ammunition such as spare cartridges or grenades. Each set could carry four Boys anti-tank magazines, six two inch mortar shells or six Bren gun magazines. The pouches were meant to be worn with a shoulder brace to the front and back with one pouch, marked "Front", having a waist strap and the other, marked "Rear" having a loop though which the waist strap passed.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A tan/khaki webbed canvas single-pocket utility pouch, in which infantrymen could carry extra gun magazines as well as their own ammunition. To the forward edge of the top fold-over flap to each is a brass stud which mates with a brass button, marked "United Carr, Canada", on an extended vertical tab proceeding from the center front of the pouches. To their reverses are, to the top, a brass buckle sewn to an extended tab (for the suspenders), while to the bottom, on either side, are vertical brass belt hooks with reinforced webbing. Stamped in black ink to the interior is "Z.L.&T.L.td.," the date, "1942" and the "C-broad arrow".

GRADE ****                             PRICE $31.00

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