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#1 5thrangerson

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 12:35 PM

Bought this British made m1923 belt off Craigslist. Belt is in very good condition with markings on both ends and the middle strap. But when opening the pouches there were no straps in any of them. And no evidence that there ever was. The pouches do have the male end of the snaps though. Any thoughts on if it is a one of thing or has anyone seen it before??

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#2 Doctorofwar

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:50 PM

According to American Web Equipment 1910-1967 by Martin Brayley, The retaining strap was deleted in 1917 as a wartime expedient and reintroduced on the M1923 belt, but deleted again by the end of World War Two. It also shows a WW2 dated British made example that was integrally sewn like yours in the style of the WW1 belts.

I would surmise either the British were making belts in the style of M1910 belts of 1917-18 pattern without straps or since yours is dated 1944 it was late enough that they began to be deleted as superfluous.

#3 Doctorofwar

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:58 PM

In my collection I have a mounted version M1917 from WW1 made without retainer straps but my late WW2 OD No 7 M1923 still has them on my particular example.

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 12:44 PM

Thanks for the replies!!




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