Country of Origin: United Kingdom
First adopted by the British Empire in 1937 as part of the "Pattern '37" webbing system, this is THE military belt of the Empire. With a service life dating from the Second World War, right up until the 1980s in the ceremonial and garrison dresses of several nations, this simple belt is one that has stood the test of time.
Based on the Pattern '08 and '25 patterns, the sleeker Pattern 37 belt served as the basis of a load bearing system which could accommodate a large variety of pouches, straps, haversacks, frogs and other accessories. It entirely replaced the mis-mash of canvas and leather load bearing systems of that had caused logistical havok during the Great War, and standardized the "look" of every man in the field, from the swivel chair Colonel to the shiny new recruit. Even troops in regions as far flung as Southern Rhodesia, British India and Australia adopted the pattern as a standardize basis for field dress, and their load bearing webbing.
Blanco'd green, buff, tan and sometimes even bright white, these belts lived long after their combat service in the Second World War with cadets, reserve/militia units, and post-colonial paramilitary groups. You still see these old war horses kicking around today's battlefields, but in nowhere near the condition of these excellent repros (and in Great Depression era waist sizes)..
Features two loop buckles for shoulder straps, and the simple hook-on brass closure system. Fits up to 50" waists, and adjusts relatively easily with end hooks that fit into built in canvas latches.
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