Could anyone tell me what this medic bag "sling" is?

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by GjerK, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. GjerK

    GjerK New Member

    I bought this bag at a surplus market in Norway awhile ago, i've always wondered what the "strap?" Is for.
    Could anyone tell me what it is? 1529422820620-1287935017.jpg 15294228642401709230480.jpg 15294228941891666226052.jpg 1529423178199-1913906620.jpg
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    It looks like the main carrying strap, and the brass buckle would allow you to lengthen or shorten it so that you can carry it in various ways to suit your needs, i.e across the shoulder, from the shoulder, by hand

    Is it possible that the 2 parts are an amalgam ?? I would have assumed the strap material would be the same as the bag itself

    Good hunting
  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

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  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I tend to agree that it is a Haversack strap used in the absence of the webbing strap.
    Perhaps the original webbing strap was damaged or lost and the leather haversack strap was used as a substitute.
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Nice find Alistair


  6. GjerK

    GjerK New Member

  7. ceolredmonger

    ceolredmonger Member

    It is a rare item in British use as it was produced as an emergency item before industry had been put on a war footing and Lend Lease kicked in. Most were supplied to either reserve troops (including the Home Guard), Colonial (a lot went to India or were produced there) or Allied forces. This continued after the war as Britain contributed to the Marshal Plan.

    This is not palming off second rate stuff, simply rationalising supply focusing on standardisation. 1000 sets in a depot would not be practical to put in the British supply chain however go a long way to a smaller nation or regional force. There are lots of examples of all sorts of pseudo British kit now coming back from the continent which are 'not quite right'.

    You just need to find a right one now! The Small pack is a standard Webbing '37 Pattern, '39 Pat. should have leather tabs and billets.

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