Danish Pattern 37 - like Pouches

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    Re: Danish Pattern 37 - like Pouches

    Post by Wolverine on Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:14 am

    So if I read this correctly, only Danish-made scabbards were issued, either with US or Danish-made bayonets?

    I have found US bayonets in Danish scabbards, but not vice versa.
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    Re: Danish Pattern 37 - like Pouches

    Post by M55q on Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:03 am

    Wolverine wrote:So if I read this correctly, only Danish-made scabbards were issued, either with US or Danish-made bayonets?

    I have found US bayonets in Danish scabbards, but not vice versa.

    You are correct!

    However, I am not certain where the scabbards were made. Denmark is a good guess, but I am not 100% positive.
    I have seen the type of scabbard used elsewhere, and since we ordered all our Garands in Italy from 1955 and onwards, I have a strong suspicion that the scabbards could have been supplied from outside Denmark.

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    Re: Danish Pattern 37 - like Pouches

    Post by Wolverine on Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:39 am

    Yes, the Italian scabbard may be similar.

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    Re: Danish Pattern 37 - like Pouches

    Post by michelwijnand on Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:16 am

    I managed to buy a bayonet in the meantime, I hope the post hurries with bringing it.

    In the meantime I encountered another hurdle when I bought a Danish large pack (actually reused British WW2).
    In the old demonstration photos I don't see and p37 type support straps crossing at the back of the pack,
    so how would the L-straps connect to the bottom of the large pack without those? I mean there are no buckles
    at the bottom of the pack, normally on p37 webbing the support straps make the buckles.
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    Re: Danish Pattern 37 - like Pouches

    Post by Wolverine on Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:37 am

    In some illustrations the support straps are visible, in others they are missing. The only explanation I can think of is that the front hooks of the pack straps are clipped onto the top of the ammunition pouches, and this is what keeps the pack from slipping off. The lower 1-inch lengths of the pack straps simply may not be attached to anything in that case. It would work, but the pack would bounce around a fair bit if the soldier was running. But since that arrangement was probably not worn in the field, it should not have mattered.

    One advantage to wearing the heavy pack/blanket roll like that is that it could be dropped more easily.

    This is all guesswork though.

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    Re: Danish Pattern 37 - like Pouches

    Post by michelwijnand on Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:54 am

    That could be the case. There's just one pic I know that actually shows the inside of the webbing with the larga pack attached, and the lower straps do
    seem to point toward the packs bottom corners a bit, but the actual ends are not visible.
    Maybe it's just supposed to rest on what's beneath, at first this was the gasmask bag, and later the poncho bag came into issue.
    This would surely be a very unbalanced construction though, the only weight at the front being just the basic pouches.

    While I'm typing this I remembered this photo, where the straps are actually hanging loose, and the weight being compensated by attaching the small pack to the front.





    And in the meantime I've bought an M50 bayonet!
    Together with a small lot of patches, some of which I have no idea about what they are for.

    And would the shield and Denmark patch be appropriate on a battledress?




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    Re: Danish Pattern 37 - like Pouches

    Post by Wolverine on Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:58 am

    Yes, that top photograph seems to illustrate what I had in mind, regarding the pack straps.

    Nice bayonet - do you have one of the two types of belt hangers for it?

    I am not sure if that style of Denmark title and national shield would be appropriate for BD, but they do show up on the olive green field uniforms.

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    Re: Danish Pattern 37 - like Pouches

    Post by michelwijnand on Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:27 am

    I have the wide belt adapter, the type with the 4 rings

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