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. The "Small" back was typically the one used by Canadian troop while in combat as it provided a much smaller target profile to the enemy.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 1937 pattern, olive drab webbed canvas small pack with a single top fold-over flap. The fold-over flap has two extended tabs, with brass ends, which mate with brass buckles attached to shorter tabs on the lower front of the bag. Wide, outwardly-angled tabs with brass ends are to either side of the reverse. Angled loops are to either side of the reverse bottom of the bag. The interior is marked "C" broad arrow, as well as what appears as "Z.L. & T. Ltd." and a 1942 date.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $52.00

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