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 1937 pattern, tan/khaki webbed canvas single-pocket ammo pouch with brass fittings, as used for pistol ammunition. Its top fold-over flap has a single brass snap closure which mates with a brass stud to the pouch front. To the reverse, on either side, are vertical brass belt hooks with, between them to the top, a horizontal strap, and, to the bottom, a horizontal loop. Inkstamped in black to the center of the reverse is the "C broad-arrow. Inkstamped in black to the interior of the fold-over flap is "Z.L. & T. Ltd. 1943". Very nice complete example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $39.00

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