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 yellower colored webbing and the brown paint used to cover the metal parts.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Made from three pieces of webbed straps sewn together. Two to form a cradle for the nested containers and one sewn in a loop to hold the other two. The strap extending along the bottom and up each side terminates in brass buckles. The strap extending along the bottom and up the front and back terminates in brass tips, one with a brass stud before it, the other with a mating brass snap closure. "United Carr" and "Canada" is stamped to the reverse of the snap. A horizontal strap near the top binds the others into shape. Maker marked "MS & UL Ltd" and dated 1942. Nice clean example.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $29.00

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