Dutch Web Gear from the 1980s and a question....

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    Dutch Web Gear from the 1980s and a question....

    Post by masive on Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:56 am

    I have some Items of the Dutch webbing which was used in the 1980s. Small and Big Pack and water bottle cover.

    My Question: The supporting straps for the big pack are from cloth or are they from the same material as the equipment or were they not used on it?






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    Re: Dutch Web Gear from the 1980s and a question....

    Post by Wolverine on Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:10 am

    The supporting straps and pack straps are made of webbing. The same type is used for the rubber packs as for the earlier M52 webbing packs. I have seen the rubber packs referred to as PSU 80.

    In practice, soldiers could be issued a mixture of rubber and webbing packs, etc.

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    Re: Dutch Web Gear from the 1980s and a question....

    Post by masive on Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:16 am

    Thank you for the information.



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    Re: Dutch Web Gear from the 1980s and a question....

    Post by Wolverine on Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:05 pm

    The support straps, left and right pack straps, left and right braces, and the brace attachments were manufactured as late as 1990-91. The very last versions are easy to spot - the webbing is a tighter weave, the colour is a darker forest green, and it appears that the webbing is a poly-cotton blend, rather than pure cotton. Normally these late production items are clearly marked with NSNs and sometimes the date.

    But for practical purposes, I doubt that the late production items saw a whole lot of use - they are usually found in un-issued condition, and by 1992-93, the new DPM equipment was available.

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