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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A tan/khaki webbed canvas pistol holster for the .380 service revolver. It could also take the .45 APC lend lease M1911 and M1911A1 pistols. Its top fold-over flap has a single brass snap which mates with a brass stud to the holsterís upper body. The main body of the holster tapers to an oval base with a small brass grommet to it. To its reverse are two vertical brass belt hooks surmounted by a horizontal one. Most probably a "Z.L. & T. Ltd.," production example. A narrow pocket for a cleaning rod, may be seen along the interior of the long side.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $62.00

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