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WW2 Type A-6 or A-7 Aerial Delivery Harness


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Looking for more info on this harness also shown in the GICG as an A-7 but looking in the WW2 manual seems to be an A-6...

 

What is it exactly? What kind of supplies was it used with?

 

Any pictures of it in use?

 

If it helps this came from a former Market Garden dropzone...

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Reading this explains a bit, but are the A-6 and A-7 the same size???

 

 

http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/WWII/aerial_supplies.htm

 

Type A-6 container is a canvas cover fitted over a 12"x 12"x 30" corrugated fiber carton. A shock-absorbing pad is attached to the bottom. The unit is used for dropping rations or three plastic water containers of five-gallon capacity, which fit into the fiber carton. The water containers may, of course, be used for dropping other liquids such as milk or medicine.

Container Type A-7 is an adjustable webbing sling designed to carry a standard ammunition box. It can be adapted to carry other equipment or supplies such as three standard five-gallon Quartermaster water cans
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Just my own interpretation of what you posted, but perhaps one of the differences is in the adjustability of the A-7 vs the fixed size of the A-6?

 

Could be... I'm thinking the A6 has a harness stitched to an inner bag, while the A7 is just a loose harness...

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Hi Johan,

 

Not sure if you've already seen it, but there's a good description of both the A-6 and A-7 in FM 31-30: Tactics and Technique of Air-Borne Troops.

 

Here's what it has to say:

 

Type A-6:

a. The delivery unit, type A-6, consists of a box type container, a 24-foot circular cotton canopy, and a conventional "pull off" pack assembly.

b. The container consists of two parts: a rectangular duck bag with suitable suspension harness of webbing; and an inner, replaceable, commercial corrugated fiber box, 12 by 12 x 30 inches.

c. The canopy and pack are of the types used with the the delivery unit, type A-5.

 

Type A-7:

a. The delivery unit, type A-7, consists of a harness sling, a 24-foot circular cotton canopy and a conventional "pull off" pack assembly.

b. The harness is constructed of cotton webbing to fit boxed small ammunition and 37-mm ammunition. It has 2 V-rings for attaching the risers of the canopy.

c. The canopy and pack are of the types used with the delivery unit, type A-5.

 

The manual also provides illustrations of each, for example:

 

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a7.jpg

 

 

I think the one that you've posted is indeed the A-7.

 

Hope that helps,

Ben.

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Looking at the layout, I think it's probably the A-6. If you look at the illustration of same from FM 31-30, you can see the extra strap, with tape for securing the pack.

 

Regards,

Ben.

 

Indeed, but should be clear now...

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