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UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE GERMAN ARMY DURING WW2

This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to a German Soldier of any corps (includes Luftwaffe), during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in German militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.

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MP40 leather ammunition carrier (4)

German Eagle stamping pertaining to this example of the leather ammunition carrier.  Manufacturer 'Steiner & Sohne Berlin 1939'.  The carrier consisted of four seperate pouches, each designed to carry one 32 round detachable box magazine for the MP40 Maschinenpistole.  Each pouch is fastened by a leather flap with brass post.  This style of carrier does not appear to be widely issued and there is little photographic evidence to suggest that front line troops utilised this style of carrier.

MP40 leather ammunition carrier (5)

Reverse side of the MP40 leather ammunition carrier.  This image illustrates the system of carriage.  The primary support for the leather carrier consists of a single 3/4" (22mm) strap of sufficient length for to pass over one shoulder.  The shoulder strap is attached to the body of the carrier by way of two D shaped rings.  Two short loops pass through the D rings and attach to a waistbelt worn by the subject, effectively securing the carrier and preventing it from movement.  This style of carrier does not appear to be widely issued and there is little photographic evidence to suggest that front line troops utilised this style of carrier.  Due to the early date of manufacture of this particular example (1939) it is likely the service life of this style of carrier was discontinued in favour of the standard canvas & leather carrier commonly in use throughout the course of the war.

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