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WW1 BRITISH WEBBING SET 1908 PATTERN, 1908
Originally conceived by an American Army Officer Captain Mills, webbing was a new form of material of pre-shrunk cotton. Being tougher than leather and did not shrink in wet conditions.
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The British Government after seeing the equipment arranged to have copies made and tested it in India, it was an immediate success, and issued it to the troops in 1908.
Using a 3inch wide waist belt and 2inch straps with ten pockets each containing three chargers of 5 rounds, also included were a frog for bayonet and helve, and haversack (not present). the water bottle and cradle is a 1903 pattern and is not part of the 1908 set, also the felt cover has rotted.
It was a revolutionary design, placing no restriction on the chest and being able to be taken on and off in one piece.
See Item A0994