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    Post by abefroman on Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:03 am

    Here is my Norwegian Web Gear set. This was used during the Cold War. There was an earlier type of magazine pouch that used pull tabs. Also attached is an AG3 bayonet. I am not sure if the way I have this set up is correct, as pictures are not readily available. Hopefully, someone could help point me to a source of pictures from the time period.

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    Post by NorBn on Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:16 am

    I will try to find some pictures, but for starters: only one canteen. Usually, the gas mask was also part of the web gear and attached to the rest
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    Post by NorBn on Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:40 pm

    You will find a number of ways to assemble the old Norwegian web gear, but the components are more or less the same. There are variations for machine gunners, LAW gunners, HQ personell and medics, so with local variations there are an unknown numbers it turned out in the end (all pictures from the Armed Forces media Center).
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    Post by PedroPato on Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:11 pm

    Nice set, it has some interesting features like the buttons on the magazine pouches.
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    Post by abefroman on Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:30 pm

    NorBn wrote:You will find a number of ways to assemble the old Norwegian web gear, but the components are more or less the same. There are variations for machine gunners, LAW gunners, HQ personell and medics, so with local variations there are an unknown numbers it turned out in the end (all pictures from the Armed Forces media Center).

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    great pictures! would love to see more!! Were the pull tab magazine pouches here not used as much? They seem to be very hard to find. Same with the M58 helmet.
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    Post by ripcord on Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:58 pm

    This is a great thread.

      Looks like quality web gear  in new conditions.

    Nice to see the difference in the magazine pouches; great supporting photos..



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    Post by NorBn on Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:37 pm

    Some more pictures I found on the Armed Forces web pages, here the gas mask is visible
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    This one is from the Norwegian Infantry Bn in South Lebanon
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    Post by NorBn on Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:42 pm

    Another variation from South Lebanon with the blue frag west:
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    This one is from the UNIFIL Force Mobile Reserve and these soldier have only one magazine pouch:
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    Post by NorBn on Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:54 pm

    From HM The King's guard, with frag west and AN/ PRC77 radio, just a terrible combination:
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    Water bottle gone and binoculars, training with the MILES system:
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    Post by NorBn on Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:35 pm

    Last one for now with HK MP5 magazine pouch:
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    Post by abefroman on Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:57 pm

    NorBn wrote:Another variation from South Lebanon with the blue frag west:
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    This one is from the UNIFIL Force Mobile Reserve and these soldier have only one magazine pouch:

    Wow, great photos!!! Do you have a link to the website???

    Are the blue vests hard to find?
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    Post by NorBn on Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:09 pm

    Here is the link to the Norwegian Armed Forces:
    https://forsvaret.no/

    Not sure if there is an English version, so it might be a little difficult to navigate around.

    Not sure how easy the blue vests are to find, but it's not something I usually look for so they can be around. They were typical for the UN missions in the 1990s and I haven't seen any pictures of them beeing used the past few years.
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    Post by NorBn on Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:12 pm

    Re the English version, scroll all the way down and in the left hand corner there is an English version. Scroll all the way down again and in the middle you will find the Media Archive with thousands of pictures
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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:25 pm

    Great webbing set - I have also been unable to find the pouches with the pull tabs.

    Here are some various other pieces, for interest:

    A pistol belts from Norwegian surplus - this is an old US Army M1936 painted green. I have others like this that have been painted - one is an M1912, and one is an M1936 British made!

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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:27 pm

    And here are some US GI M1936 suspenders dated 1942, from Norwegian surplus, with the tell-tale black tape.

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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:29 pm

    Magazine pouches for the MP-40:

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    Note also the US GI M1912 pistol belt painted dark green, and the Norwegian-made suspenders.
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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:31 pm

    E-tools with carriers:

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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:33 pm

    Map/document case and flashlight:

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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:34 pm

    Abefroman, what are the markings on your tri-fold etool?
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    Post by abefroman on Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:21 pm

    I'm not home right now but I will post tomorrow. They are a series of numbers I think, so Norwegian?
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    Post by abefroman on Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:23 pm

    Wolverine wrote:And here are some US GI M1936 suspenders dated 1942, from Norwegian surplus, with the tell-tale black tape.

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    When did they ditch the M1936 suspenders and go to the Norwegian ones?
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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:56 pm

    I don't know when they started to manufacture their own suspenders, but I would imagine that the old US GI M1936 and 1944/45 were used until stocks ran out? From photos I have seen dating from the 1970s/80s, the older and newer kit seems to have been issued without regard to specific origin.

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    Wolverine wrote:And here are some US GI M1936 suspenders dated 1942, from Norwegian surplus, with the tell-tale black tape.

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    When did they ditch the M1936 suspenders and go to the Norwegian ones?
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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:57 pm

    It would be interesting to see - I know of Belgian, Dutch, and German versions, but wasn't aware if Norway had made its own version.

    abefroman wrote:I'm not home right now but I will post tomorrow. They are a series of numbers I think, so Norwegian?
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    Post by abefroman on Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:33 am

    Wolverine wrote:Abefroman, what are the markings on your tri-fold etool?

    Here you go. Let me know your thoughts:

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    Post by Wolverine on Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:40 am

    Well, the NSN is German, but that doesn't prove that the shovel was made in Germany. I will have to take a look at the manufacturer markings on my German tri-fold.

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