Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by General Melchett, Mar 6, 2005.

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  1. General Melchett

    General Melchett LE Moderator

    We've all carried it, sworn at it, thrown it in a corner, lived out of it.

    I am helping to make a photographic database of as many examples of british webbing that have been in service since 1900. The older stuff is quite easy to document, it's the more recent patterns causing difficulty.

    The first type P58, experimental webbing, trials PLCE and variations for specialist units.

    Now I know some of you will be hiding the dark secret of your webbing fetish, so PM or email me with the details. Photos at various angles, and photos of any maker marks would be appreciated.
  2. out of curiosity... why could you want a database of webbing?! 8O
  3. General Melchett

    General Melchett LE Moderator

    Why not there's loads of collectors out there.

    Do you think documenting the equipment of the British soldier/Armed Forces is a waste of time?
  4. You can always make a start by searching that old faithful for kit, ebay.

    You could also 'borrow' a photo or two until you get your own ;-)
  5. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    Mike Chappell has written some Osprey boks on the subject with some cracking colour prints.

    But hey dull stuff! People will be documenting Ammo Boots studs next! (Now there's a thought!)
  6. General Melchett

    General Melchett LE Moderator

    Wow. Really? Never thought of that, although after spending time in the ACF and Regular Army I've had the pleasure of using P37, P58 and PLCE.

    I've also been collecting for 20 years so have a plentiful supply of various webbing.
  7. When I was a lad in the Cadets I bought some webbing with 2 large front pouches and a large single rear pouch. The pouches were then joined togeather with straps, and a yoke.

    The question is what was it? 72 pattern rings a bell
  8. When I was doing my military field training part of my air force recruit training I was issued blue / grey webbing that would have fitted a 303 mag very nicely

    I assume / hope it was issued because there was no green stuff left in stores
  9. Good, good...
  10. There was a '72 Pattern which was basically '58 Patt in Nylon. Only bits that really stayed in service were the S6 Respirator Bag & Bergen.

    The item you described sounds like the '80 Patt Assault Vest.


    Finding information on the intermediate patterns of any equipment is hard, as is the more specialised bits of '37 & '58 Patt
  11. god what a horror !!!
  12. Blue/Gray '37 Patt Webbing was issued to the RAF during the war. The small pouches were intended for 2 x 5 rounds .303" Stripper Clips, as the Enfield only came with the one magazine! You filled it 5 rounds at a time with an open bolt from the top......

    The same small ammo pouches were used by some army units and the home gaurd in Khaki as well.