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 yellow coloring and the brown paint that was sometimes used to cover the metal parts. The large pack was the only piece of web equipment that was unaltered when the change was made from the 1908-pattern to the 1937-pattern webbing.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 1937 pattern, large, tan/khaki, webbed canvas haversack with a single top fold-over flap that measures approximately 44cm x 35cm x 11.5cm. The interior is marked "C" broad arrow and also has a faint makers mark.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $51.00

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