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    Canadian soldier - late 1950s

    Post by Wolverine on Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:04 pm

    Here are some views of Canadian clothing and equipment as worn in the mid to late 1950s.

    The webbing is the 1951 pattern, shown here with the small pack. Not shown is the large pack, and entrenching tool/carrier. Sometimes a poncho was worn rolled-up and strapped to the rear of the belt.

    The bayonet for the FN-C1 is in the early style frog, which was actually meant for a No. 4 bayonet. There was a second type frog made especially for the FN-C1.

    The metal canteen shown here was replaced with the plastic type in 1960, although probably the metal ones continued in use for many years. They are hard to find now, as is the Canadian-manufactured canteen cup. On the opposite side is the pouch for the mess tins.

    The field jacket is the scarce X53, which appears to have been used on a limited basis before the new combat dress was introduced in the early 1960s.

    The respirator carrier is not shown, but it could be worn at the side, on the chest, or even on top of the small pack, according to the field manual.




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    Post by Camo-collector1951 on Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:20 pm

    great stuff, grew up with jungle greens. Jim.

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    Post by mikenewfie on Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:52 pm

    great stuff i just completed my pattern 51 webbing i have the metal canteen & cup along with the plastic one only hard thing for to find was the entrenching tool and cover/carrier
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    Post by Wolverine on Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:11 pm

    Yes, the tools and covers are relatively scarce.

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    Post by mikenewfie on Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:17 pm

    Do you have the gas mask and haversack to go with this Era webbing?
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    Post by Wolverine on Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:23 pm

    I do. There are two different styles of haversack.

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    Post by mikenewfie on Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:09 am

    ya I still need to find one for my webbing the next task is to get all the little things like the housewife,blanket, etc plan to have the complete kit seems like the 50's era of the Canadian forces are a mystery after Korea not much information out there

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    Post by Gulf91 on Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:42 pm

    Just picked up a I think 51 Patt Radio pouch,complete with radio and the various bits associated with it.

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    Post by mikenewfie on Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:38 pm

    Do you have a picture of the pack & radio?

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    Post by Gulf91 on Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:45 pm

    I have loads on my phone Mike but no camera any more and cannot upload them to here Im afraid.

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    Post by mikenewfie on Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:10 pm

    well then i haven't seen a radio pouch yet something else to add to the list to find now

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    Post by Gulf91 on Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:25 pm

    I can if you want Mike,email the pics over to you(or anyone else that can post them up on here) if thats any help.

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    Post by mikenewfie on Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:30 pm

    yes that would be i will pm you my email

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    Post by Gulf91 on Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:52 pm

    Thanks Mike,will take some better,more detailed pics tomorrow and email them over.
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    Post by Wolverine on Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:53 pm

    There is not, strictly speaking such a thing as a WE 51 radio pouch. Rather, a carrier was manufactured for the CPRC-26 radio that could be worn compatibly with the web set. Actually, that probably applies for the respirator carriers as well.




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    Post by Gulf91 on Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:47 am

    Thats the one I was on about.
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    Post by Wolverine on Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:42 am

    There is also a later version with plastic buckles, as well as Danish-made version for the same radio, which was used by the Danish army.
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    Post by M55q on Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:12 pm

    Wolverine wrote:There is also a later version with plastic buckles, as well as Danish-made version for the same radio, which was used by the Danish army.

    Yep! Correct. I think I have shown you this once before:

    CPRC-26 in the Danish army:














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    Post by Gulf91 on Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:19 pm

    My radio came with 3 different instruction plates,different languages so one could possibly be Danish?
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    Post by Wolverine on Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:35 pm

    What does the data plate look like?

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    Post by Gulf91 on Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:40 pm

    Not a data plate Andrew but instruction plates,will have to dig them out but from memory instructions I think on how to use the radio and possibly how to wear the pouch,belt,rear like a backpack or slung over the shoulder.
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    Post by Wolverine on Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:31 pm

    Richard, I was thinking of the data plate that is attached to the radio set itself. That will tell you where it was manufactured. Yes, the instruction plates were loose.
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    Re: Canadian soldier - late 1950s

    Post by Mk1rceme on Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:46 am

    I have enough P51 webbing to make several sets, but only 1 entrenching tool. They are a tough item to source. Mine is in new condition so it is displayed on its own.





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    Post by Gulf91 on Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:43 pm

    Wolverine wrote:Richard, I was thinking of the data plate that is attached to the radio set itself. That will tell you where it was manufactured. Yes, the instruction plates were loose.

    Data plate and the pouch are both Canuk.

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    Post by mikenewfie on Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:53 pm

    Mk1rceme wrote:I have enough P51 webbing to make several sets, but only 1 entrenching tool. They are a tough item to source. Mine is in new condition so it is displayed on its own.





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