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1937 Pattern - British Webbing Set
1937 Pattern - WWII British Soldier's Webbing Set

In the early 1930s it was decided to replace the 1908 pattern webbing, as it was thought that in the next war infantrymen would be part of a motorized and mechanized army, rather than fighting in trenchers. Although what was to become pattern 37 webbing was approved by the army, it was deferred as the army was looking at a new light machine gun (bren gun). A new basic pouch was designed to suit it and the 1937 pattern webbing was then excepted in June 1938. The equipment set that the Canadian Army began to employ in 1939, called 1937 Pattern Web Equipment had already been made standard in the British Army two years before. Officially also known as Web Equipment, 1937 Pattern, WE '37 was made of the same light khaki coloured cotton webbing that the early 1908 Pattern had been made from. Some items remained similar, indeed, the Large Pack remained identical to WE '08.

The basic 1937 pattern webbing equipment was of a pre-shrunk dyed in the weave webbing which rendered the material virtually waterproof, and in the field this was treated with 'Blanco' to colour the material green to aid concealment. The basic webbing set (Battle Order) consisted of a web-waist belt with cross brace shoulder straps linked to ammunition pouches on the lower chest; which hung from either the waist belt or straps the 1908 pattern entrenching tool and 1937 pattern carrier, water-bottle and bayonet frog. In addition to such by 1944 most troops were issued with the new 1943 Light Pattern Anti-Gas Respirator and haversack carrier worn across the body on the left hand side under the 1937 webbing set. Personal items and rations etc. were carried in the 1937 pattern haversack carried on the soldiers back via brace straps attached to the webbing cross straps.

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1937 pattern canvas webbing set used by the British Forces in WWII, complete with typical war-time contents on a waist belt with cross straps

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1937 pattern canvas webbing set used by the British Forces in WWII, complete with typical war-time contents on a waist belt with cross straps

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1937 pattern canvas webbing set used by the British Forces in WWII, complete with typical war-time contents on a waist belt with cross straps

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Entrenching Tool with cover

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Entrenching Tool with cover

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Entrenching Tool with cover

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Entrenching Tool Head inside cover

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Entrenching Tool inside cover broad arrow marked with "M.E.Co" and dated 1943

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Entrenching Tool Head and cover

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Entrenching Tool Helve & Head assembled together

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Entrenching Tool Helve & Head assembled together

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Entrenching Tool Helve & Head assembled together

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Entrenching Tool Helve & Head assembled together

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Entrenching Tool Helve and Head

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Entrenching Tool Head - broad arrow marked and dated 1945 with "BRADES"

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Entrenching Tool Head - broad arrow marked and dated 1945 with "BRADES"

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Entrenching Tool Head - broad arrow marked and dated 1945 with "BRADES"

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Entrenching Tool Helve

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Entrenching Tool - Helve end opposite Head has metal adapter (bayonet lug) to accept spike bayonet

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Entrenching Tool - Helve end that attaches to the Head

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Entrenching Tool Helve - broad arrow marked and dated 1945

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Entrenching Tool Helve - broad arrow marked and dated 1945

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Entrenching Tool - Helve and No.4 Mk II spike bayonet

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Entrenching Tool - Helve and No.4 Mk II spike bayonet

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No.4 Mk II Spike Bayonet

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No.4 Mk II Spike Bayonet being attached to helve of entrenching tool

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No.4 Mk II Spike Bayonet attached to helve of entrenching tool

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No.4 Mk II Spike Bayonet attached to helve of entrenching tool

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Entrenching Tool Helve with spike bayonet attached - to be used as a mine probe by the soldier crawling forward on his hands and knees

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Serge-covered water bottle in canvas cover, broad arrow marked and dated 1943

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Serge-covered water bottle in canvas cover, broad arrow marked and dated 1943

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Serge-covered water bottle in canvas cover, broad arrow marked and dated 1943

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Serge-covered water bottle in canvas cover, broad arrow marked and dated 1943

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Serge-covered water bottle in canvas cover, broad arrow marked and dated 1943

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Serge-covered water bottle in canvas cover, broad arrow marked and dated 1943

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Utility Pouches - both broad arrow marked, one dated 1943 "ROVER" and the other dated 1941 "M.G.O.Co Mk II

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Utility Pouches - both broad arrow marked, one dated 1943 "ROVER" and the other dated 1941 "M.G.O.Co Mk II

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Utility Pouch - broad arrow marked and dated 1941 "M.G.O.Co Mk II

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Utility Pouch - broad arrow marked and dated 1941 "M.G.O.Co Mk II

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Utility Pouch - broad arrow marked and dated 1941 "M.G.O.Co Mk II

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Utility Pouch - broad arrow marked and dated 1943 "ROVER"

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Utility Pouch - broad arrow marked and dated 1943 "ROVER"

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Utility Pouch - broad arrow marked and dated 1943 "ROVER"

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Wartime pattern .303 ammunition bandoleer. Ammunition was carried in five-round clips and would be issued in bandoleers to the soldier

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Wartime pattern .303 ammunition bandoleer. Ammunition was carried in five-round clips and would be issued in bandoleers to the soldier

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Wartime pattern .303 ammunition bandoleer. Ammunition was carried in five-round clips and would be issued in bandoleers to the soldier

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Wartime pattern .303 ammunition bandoleer. Ammunition was carried in five-round clips and would be issued in bandoleers to the soldier

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Wartime pattern .303 ammunition bandoleer. Ammunition was carried in five-round clips and would be issued in bandoleers to the soldier

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Wartime pattern .303 ammunition bandoleer. Ammunition was carried in five-round clips and would be issued in bandoleers to the soldier

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Cake of khaki green Blanco in brown paper wrap

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Cake of khaki green Blanco in brown paper wrap

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Cake of khaki green Blanco in brown paper wrap

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Bayonet frog and scabbord for No.4 Mk II spike bayonet

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1937 pattern webbing - waist belt "Normal"

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1937 pattern webbing - waist belt "Normal"

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1937 pattern webbing - waist belt "Normal"

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1937 pattern webbing - waist belt with brass fittings

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1937 pattern webbing - waist belt with brass fittings

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Light Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - dated 1/44 with fiber identity tag attached

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Light Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - dated 1/44 with fiber identity tag attached

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Light Anti-gas Respirator - optional shoulder strap

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Light Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - dated 1/44 with fiber identity tag attached

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Light Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - dated 1/44 with fiber identity tag attached and leg cord

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Light Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - dated 1/44 with fiber identity tag attached

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Light Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - dated 1/44 with fiber identity tag attached

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Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - dated 1/44 "LIGHT"

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Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - dated 1/44 "LIGHT"

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Light, Anti-gas Respirator - broad arrow marked, dated 1942 (post war issue)

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Anti-gas Respirator - broad arrow marked, dated 1942 (post war issue)

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Anti-gas Respirator - broad arrow marked, dated 1942 (post war issue)

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Anti-gas Respirator - broad arrow marked, dated 1952 (post war issued)

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Anti-gas Respirator - broad arrow marked, dated 1952 (post war issued)

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Anti-gas Respirator - broad arrow marked, dated 1952 (post war issued)

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Anti-gas Respirator - dated 1952 (post war issued)

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Anti-gas Respirator - harness dated 1965 (post war issued)

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Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - bottom compartment

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Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - bottom compartment

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Anti-gas Respirator Haversack - bottom compartment holding anti-dimming outfit can

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Light, Anti-gas Respirator - small canister is the anti-dimming outfit for the eyepieces. One end cap stores a small buffing cloth while the other end stores a compound that was smeared on the lenses and buffed off to prevent fogging

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Light, Anti-gas Respirator - small canister is the anti-dimming outfit for the eyepieces. One end cap stores a small buffing cloth while the other end stores a compound that was smeared on the lenses and buffed off to prevent fogging

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Light, Anti-gas Respirator - small canister is the anti-dimming outfit for the eyepieces. One end cap stores a small buffing cloth while the other end stores a compound that was smeared on the lenses and buffed off to prevent fogging

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Light, Anti-gas Respirator - small canister is the anti-dimming outfit for the eyepieces. One end cap stores a small buffing cloth while the other end stores a compound that was smeared on the lenses and buffed off to prevent fogging

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Light, Anti-gas Respirator - small canister is the anti-dimming outfit for the eyepieces. One end cap stores a small buffing cloth while the other end stores a compound that was smeared on the lenses and buffed off to prevent fogging

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Light, Anti-gas Respirator - small canister is the anti-dimming outfit for the eyepieces. One end cap stores a small buffing cloth while the other end stores a compound that was smeared on the lenses and buffed off to prevent fogging

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Light, Anti-gas Respirator - small canister is the anti-dimming outfit for the eyepieces. One end cap stores a small buffing cloth while the other end stores a compound that was smeared on the lenses and buffed off to prevent fogging

 
   
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