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Australian Felt Shoulder Pads for Pattern 37 Webbing Straps

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    Default Australian Felt Shoulder Pad for Pattern 37 Webbing Straps

    Hello Forum,
    Thought I would share an interesting item and an example of its use.
    Almost certainly Australian made, out of a very hardy material, I know I would rather one of these on my shoulder straps if I were carrying a heavy bag of war material
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    Last edited by christek; 09-12-2015 at 11:59 AM.
    Best regards,
    Chris

    "Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
    Carl Jung

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    Interesting item I had not seen previously but it makes a lot of sense if your carrying an MG or Mortar parts or ammo etc
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Yes mate Aussie made and issued although they are worn with the correct 37 pattern brace and not with a support strap as you have pictured, they were part of the 43 pattern jungle modified webbing although I don't think they saw a great deal of use. I do have a couple of pictures of them in use in New Guinea in 1943. They were also used as padding on the Aussie backboard set up as well.
    Do you have a pair or just the one?

    Cheers Luke.

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    I have a few sets all unissued but have seen a few used and worn single pads over the years as well.
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    Whoops left out the 2nd pic
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    Nice I always thought my set were from the Vietnam war period! cheers

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    Yeah mate, They were worn very early in Vietnam as part of the backboard.

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    Great info, thanks Luke. I believe I have just the one, I have had for years never realizing what it was! Cheers.
    Best regards,
    Chris

    "Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
    Carl Jung

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