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 personal equipment was a direct copy of the British 1937-pattern web equipment with manufacture starting in early 1940 and distribution beginning in October of the same year. The Canadian equipment differed from its British counterpart by its yellow colored webbing.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A tan/khaki webbed canvas double pocket ammo pouch with brass fittings. Each pocket's top fold-over flap has a single brass snap closure which mates with one of two brass studs to each pouch front. Complete with all original brass closing snaps. To the reverse, on either side, are vertical brass belt hooks with, between them to the top, a vertical strap with a brass loop and another short strap with a brass buckle. Nicely maker marked "Z.L.& T.Ltd 1941"with a "C" broad-arrow. Nice!

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $35.00

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