ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT TO PATTERN 37.

The majority of these items are not strictly pattern 37 but they tend to get lumped together under pattern 37 although they are not really a part it.

Shell dressing bag dated 1942. There are no partitions or pockets inside its just one compartment with a adjustable shoulder strap sown to the back which is very similar to the shoulder straps used on gas mask bags. The right hand picture shows various shell dressings all are dated 1940.

Signal satchel dated 1945.It has one compartment and a removable adjustable strap. It came with radio mike and earphones which are shown in the technical section.

Wire cutters and pouch. The pouch is dated 1945 the cutters dated 1944. The third picture shows a larger type of cutters also dated 1944 The handle extends for more leverage by pulling the tabs at the side and opening out and around. They dont actually go with the pouch shown they are about an inch to long.

I assume this is a tool bag and possibly spares for the oerlikon anti aircraft gun dated 1945. Its 25 inches wide and 5 foot 6inches long when unrolled. It has a carrying handle at the top when rolled up plus numerous pockets on the inside.

Stretcher carrying straps.They have loops sewn into each end which are fitted over the handles of the stretcher the strap is then adjusted to length and worn around the neck on the shoulder to help with the weight of the wounded man. dated 1943 and 1944.

A soldiers carrying harness dated 1945, I am told they where used to carry anything from mortar bombs to piat bombs and anything in-between.

Bren spare parts wallet unfortunately with no tools. It can be carried in the large pocket of the holdall also known as the Spare barrel holder or slung using its own strap.

Bren Holdall also known as the Spare barrel holder dated 1945. It carried cleaning tools and a spare barrel for the bren gun. It has a carrying handle and a adjustable sling.

The F strap is the standard multi purpose carrying strap for a lot of signals gear. A few things it fits are: Telephone Set F Telephone Set D Wireless Remote Control Units F (for the Wireless Set 22) Wireless Remote control unit E (for the Wireless Set 19) Wavemeter Class C Telephone Switchboard UC etc etc etc... The little strap and loops on it are for an earth pin..

Thanks to Rob on the MCN for identifying this item for me. Case, Carrying, Antennae Rods, No 5. Dated 1948.
It was used with the Wireless Set No 31 (introduced 1948). It is 2 feet long and 4 inches wide. It has three pockets. When you open the top flap there are two pockets one goes the full length the other is only 4 inches deep with its own press stud fastener. The third pocket is at the bottom and ten inches deep on the back are three straps one at the top that looks like it is a belt loop and the other two look like they have had the buckles cut off?

Carriers, Magazine, Lewis Gun dated 1940. First Introduced in 1917 the Carriers for the Lewis Gun which enabled an individual soldier to carry up to eight magazines in a single web harness. Each pouch held two magazines with a large flap with a stud fastener. A two inch wide buckle is fitted to the rear of each pouch for the attachment of the shoulder strap. A one inch strap at the rear of the pouch is fitted with a buckle on one end and brass tab on the other. Each pouch can be connected to the other using these one inch straps forming a harness of four pouches. The WW11 made ones were possibly made for the Navy.

Lanchester magazine pouches dated 1941. They were created when the navy replaced the p19 with p37 webbing as the p37 basic pouches were not big enough for the lanchester magazines and the Lanchester itself was developed by George H. Lanchester and manufactured by Sterling Engineering Co between 1941 and 1945. The pouches are roughly 14 inch's high 3 and a half wide and 2 inch's deep. With three internal compartments to hold the 50 9mm round magazines of the lanchester sub-machine gun. They came in pairs left and right the right one has a small pocket on the front for a magazine loading tool the left one does not have this pocket. On the back are three attachments the bottom one for the belt the middle one for the L strap hook and the top one as a steadying strap to hold the long pouch against the body during movement or when prone. They were issued to the Royal Navy and the RAF but were mainly used by the Navy. They were not only used with pattern 37 webbing they were also compatible with patterns 19 and 25. When the Lanchester was replaced by the sten a lot of these pouches were cut down to fit the shorter sten magazines the magazine tool pocket was kept and they either cut off the top and re stitched the closing flap or cut off the bottom and added a reinforced section. The forth picture shows a Canadian commando using lanchester pouches.

Map cases both dated 1944. These were the two main patterns of standard sized map case used by the infantry during WW11, although they both had the stiffening board The first one is Missing its stiffening board and its fully covered in web material but the next one is not fully covered And its stiffening board is part of the case . They both have an adjustable shoulder strap plus two press stud fasteners and a large pocket for the map plus compartments on the inside of the flap for pencils ruler etc,Interestingly the only metal bits that are made of brass on the first case are the press studs the buckles and strap ends are a dull metal probably an economy measure getting short on brass, made by FINNIGANS LTD. The second one made by W&G LTD.

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