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A period copy made by a foreign army, a middle eastern army? Iranian, maybe Israeli?

 

 

Probably this. Israel used a tan M56 style suspender, and it would not be surprising if this was a model used before that. Although I should clarify that one doubt I have is the use of the 'D' tip; most of the web gear from that part of the world shared a manufacturing style that was very British influenced, and had square tips that were riveted on.

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Look reproduction to me.

 

 

Possible, the webbing seems pretty mismatched (on the rear straps) which I tend to doubt would meet the requirements of any military worldwide. The Israeli gear that showed up surplus was very well made, so this observation throws more doubt in my mind that this was made for them.

 

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The thin strap circled above looks an awful lot like the coarse, thin webbing which shows up on those cheap looking M1 carbine slings.

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Probably this. Israel used a tan M56 style suspender, and it would not be surprising if this was a model used before that. Although I should clarify that one doubt I have is the use of the 'D' tip; most of the web gear from that part of the world shared a manufacturing style that was very British influenced, and had square tips that were riveted on.

The Royal Jordanian Army used the US M1 Rifle and Carbine, Khaki HBT fatigues ans US style webbingbelts instead of UK P37

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Possible, the webbing seems pretty mismatched (on the rear straps) which I tend to doubt would meet the requirements of any military worldwide. The Israeli gear that showed up surplus was very well made, so this observation throws more doubt in my mind that this was made for them.

 

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The thin strap circled above looks an awful lot like the coarse, thin webbing which shows up on those cheap looking M1 carbine slings.

No they look like the same consistency.

 

Did Israeli use M56 suspenders? I thought they were uniquely Israeli.

 

I guess it's possible the US made these for export purposes which is how they wound up in the surplus store. That store definitely isn't buying anything from the Middle East.

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I don't see any of the usual contractor ink stamp markings which on m45 suspenders was usually on the front side of each half. They don't appear faded so it appears such a stamp was never there. That and the color makes me say that they were never US army issue and probably not us production. Mideast seems reasonable. Maybe Greek. They used a lot of US small arms. I have seen what we would call m1910 ammo belts that were Greek made sold with CMP M1 rifles.

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I don't see any of the usual contractor ink stamp markings which on m45 suspenders was usually on the front side of each half. They don't appear faded so it appears such a stamp was never there. That and the color makes me say that they were never US army issue and probably not us production. Mideast seems reasonable. Maybe Greek. They used a lot of US small arms. I have seen what we would call m1910 ammo belts that were Greek made sold with CMP M1 rifles.

Maybe even Turkish 50s-70s! OD as we see in the photo, but perhaps a Khaki version was made too???

 

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Did the French military use them or just US surplus?

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