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I've always had a great interest in BM gear and have managed to find most pieces. I've posted this as reference for others when looking at BM items.

 

This is what I have in BM:

 

Clothing:

 

Officer's Garrison Cap

Officer's ETO Jacket

Officer's Garrison Cap

EM ETO Jacket (both types)

EM Wool Trousers

EM Wool Shirt

M1941 Wool Knit Cap (Beanie)

M1937 Trousers Belt

 

Equipment:

 

DuffelBag

M1928 Haversack with Pack Carrier

M1936 Musette Bag

M1936 Pistol Belt

M1936 Suspenders

M1923 Cartridge Belt

M1910 Canteen Cover

M1942 First Aid Pouch

.45 Cal Ammo Pouch

M1 Ammo Pouch

TSMG Ammo Pouch

General Purpose Bag

M1936 Carrying Strap

M1938 Wire Cutter Carrier

 

 

Brit Made Wool Trousers....

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Duffel Bag

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M1941 Wool Knit Cap (Beanie)

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Officer's Garrison Cap

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M1938 Wire Cutter Carrier

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Glider Qualification Badge

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Parachute Qualification Badge with Chaplain's Cross, Battle Star & Arrowhead

(No idea if they are genuine, but the wing is British Made!)

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Carbine Ammo Pouch, .45Cal Ammo Pouch, First Aid Pouches

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M1936 Susupenders, TSMG Magazine Case, M1910 Canteen Cover

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M1928 Haversack, Ammunition Carrying Bag, M1936 Musette Bag met Carrying Strap

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M1936 Pistol Belt, M1923 Catridge Belt

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M1910 Mounted Canteen Cover (GI Guide, Pg 79)

met US 1942 Canteen en 1942 Cup

 

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I wonder why for the mapcase they used the US LTD closure, rather than their own P37 push-type button commonly seen on BM First Aid pouches?

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Here's my Brit Made map case I picked up from a Belgian dealer in 1999 while in Brussels. I've never seen one for sale at a show or on the net. Probably the hardest to find British Made for US item out there.

 

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With grid.

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Markings.

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Like Johan, I'm a BM collector also and was lucky enough to pick up many pieces before prices skyrocketed. Many items however can still be picked up a reasonable price.

 

Here are some photo reference additions.

 

Canteen Hanger

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Packtail

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Pick Carrier

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Thompson SMG 50rd Drum Carrier (left) and T Handle Shovel Cover (right)

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Roughout Ankle Boots

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“There's not much I can tell you about this war. It's like all wars, I guess.The undertakers are winning.The politicians who talk about the glory of it.The old men who talk about the need of it.The soldiers, well, they just wanna go home.” Jimmy Stewart in Shenandoah

 

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A few years back this present British Government closed down the British army pattern rooms. This is where there was the first or premier example of every item ever used by the army in the last couple of hundred years. I was very fortunate to get two items from there #1 being the first example of the British made musette for U.S. forces dated 1943, #2 being the new standard non polish ( Stay-Bright ) wings for the SAS, pattern dated Feb 1964, and marked ' property of the War Office'. The cord holding the wings has a wax and a lead seal on the rear of the card, there is also a small bag to hold the wings.

 

Due to the fakers ( thats with an ' A' or you could use a ' U' if desired ) I am not showing the sheet for the musette bag, I don't want to start a cottage industry out there with re-production. Johan I will show you this musette and the sheet next time we meet.

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Like your M1917 BM mounted cover. Think the small loop (frog) is to be threaded through the main strap though. The hanger then "hangs" from the loop created using the small web 'frog'. Try it. It took me a few minutes to figure it out. Check the Militaria magazine No. 82 for a reference on it.

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British made ' Spare Ammunition' bag, unlike the American manufactured ones the British has two dividers sewn inside, which gives it three compartments. This is a very good idea as when the magazines are being used, stops the remaining ones from falling around so much.

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Here is an item that I forgot to add earlier and only just thought about it. This is a British Made mail-bag, it was made in Walsall, West Midlands, England, 1943, it also has the broad arrow mark familiar with British army equipment. I don't have the manufacturers name to hand at the moment, I did research it at the time of purchase and visited the firm, the firm started in the 1800 making leather goods for horses, it finally closed it's doors in the 1990's. I think that a lot of the old manufacturing tool equipment they used ended up in the Walsall museum of leathercraft.

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Just the last week on an italian forum I've seen this pair of leggins with no readable markings. Most members had the idea it could be BM since they show the square strap end fixed with a rivet. Frankly speaking I never heard brits would have made also leggins. It's possible?

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Johan, wasnt that peculiar bag lined with camo parachute you had BM too? I believe it was made by Bagcraft?

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Note the between wars collar insingnia marked Gaunt, New York, Made in England.

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Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus

 

" Life's too short for reproductions "

 

 

Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes 

 

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Just the last week on an italian forum I've seen this pair of leggins with no readable markings. Most members had the idea it could be BM since they show the square strap end fixed with a rivet. Frankly speaking I never heard brits would have made also leggins. It's possible?

 

They are probably the 1945 British Jungle leggins similar to the M38 US Leggins.

 

The British Made? Bagcraft bag is at the bottom of this page:

 

http://www.theliberator.be/identifications.htm

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I dont like British Made stuff but this time I couldn't resist to have such a mint sample of British workers fine brains. It's not unusual to see GI web gear with the big US stenciled upside down but none at the factory did a tragedy for it. Things were different in UK, to avoid contestations the worker did overstamp another US correctly oriented.

 

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