Carried by officers, nco and spesialists. Padded whit felt to protect the compass.
Left a MK II compass to the right a Prismatic compass.
Note the stamping on the compass pouch it is a Canadian manufactured.
The binoculars canvas case is reinforced on all four sides and thickly padded on
the bottom for the protection of the binoculars. Note the web strap,
as leather would rot in the field
|Binoculars and Case|
Loosely knitted of tightly woven string and designed to be worn either
under the shirt and against the skin or over the shirt to keep dry and either
warm and or cool-thus maintaining body temperature.
There are two patterns.
The first is whit out a cloth gathered shoulder band. This is
known as the "Escape" pattern as it could
be unraveld into a long cord since it was all just one piece.
A second pattern with a gathered shoulder which was more confortable to wear.
This was the solders personal entrenchin tool.
Here you see two variants on the webing and all so there where two variants
on the wooden helve. The first was a solid piece of wood. The seconde
variant featured a bayonet lug for the spike bayonet.
The second pattern was used for mine probing and even as a weapen in
|Canadian and British Holster|
Canadian and British holster designed to carry the .38in service revolver
Note the stamping on the holster below.
Inside the holster
This webbing was a favorite among the recce and "Old Salt´s", and was
issued in the early years of the war, and later cut and modified, as the long
"gun fighter" leg strap became obsolete.
The officers valise featured two large and two small internal compartments.
A shoulder strap was attached to each side by brass buckle.
|Inside the Valise|
From top to bottom.
Early frog whit tab securing.
Frogwith hole cut in upper loop.
Late frog for Airborne, missing case plate
retainer for the loading tool.
Mk I cruciform with steel scabbard
Mk II with plastic scabbard
Mk II with steel scabbard
Bayonet No.4 manufactured to accompany the No.4 Mk I rifle and Mk V Sten.
Its blade was 8" in length and 10" in its scabbard. There were four variants
Mk I with cruciform section blade, Mk II whit round spike and one piece blade,
seconde pattern of Mk II was two piece construction and the Mk III whit a
rougher fabricated and welded socket.
M.C. Mk I made specially for the Mk II sten its blade was 8" and whit its
scabberd it was12".
This is a very rare pice as few were manufactured.
Designed so that the wearer could wear his webbing whihout the use of basic pouches.
Two variants of brace attachments, the uper is British and the lower is Canadian.
Two variants of Cross straps uper Canadian padded and British whit the extra loop.
Same on the lower picture. Note the variation in the cross straps.
Observe the gold-like color of the Canadian webbing.
There are two variants, the moste common and preferred, was the skeleton cradel.
The second one is the sleeve cradel. The left one is a gift from a very nice Gentelman
by the name James Clowes. The far right is a Canadien variant.
Issued to and carried by both the para and glidertroops. As these soldiers
were designed to be "shock" troops. The contents of the haversack was limited
and condensed for mobility´s sake. They were designed to be worn and carried
on the back, though there was they how carried them to their side attached
to the web braces.
Used by signals, RAMC and the parachute squadron engineers, which were marked
" E " for engineers. These were used to carry special equipment and or supplies, and
not personal items as the line infantery would carry in theres.
Carried by strecher bearers, aidmen and orderlies. This was a simple bag whit
no internal pockets and built-in adjustable shoulder strap. In the foreground
you can see stretcher bearers webbing sling, RAMC scissors and
Red Cross armband.
|Bren Aux pouches|
The aux. pouches were deeper and larger than the Mk III pouches and were able to
carry three Bren magazines in each. The pouches were joined by a web yoke which
was worn around the shoulders and neck. The yoke could be detached and the
pouches then attaced to the Bergen Rucksack providing it had the special web straps
added to its leather shoulder straps.
Picture showing front and rear view.
Designed to hold 50 rounds of 303 British ammunition on stripper clips.
As man can see there is re-issued dating.
British world war two Ammo Boots. This pair is a reproduction, they are hand stitched.
They are ordered and manufactured in England. They are very good.