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Foreign 37 Pattern Cartridge Pouches

Article about: Hi all. I have come into possession of a few of these pouches. I am pretty confident they are post- war and foreign made, but I'm wondering if anyone knows which country they are from? I hav

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    Hi all. I have come into possession of a few of these pouches. I am pretty confident they are post- war and foreign made, but I'm wondering if anyone knows which country they are from? I have taken a shot with a 1950s British MKIII pouch to show the colour. Any help would be much appreciated. Cheers.
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    Interesting pair opf puches- are there any markings under the flaps?

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    Good point Warspite, I forgot to mention that they are totally unmarked. Cheers.

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    As far as I know the three big users of newly manufactured 37 pattern post war were the Belgians, Dutch and Italians. Others used a lot of surplus but not much newly made. The Belgians made their stuff in a dark green and in a blue shade so the right hand cartridge carrier could be Belgian due to the shade of green. Thanks Ed

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    warspite is spot on with the belgian one, correct colour and style.
    I also believe the other pouch in question on the left is italian, the style of the area for expansion on the pouch with its straight lines is typical italian.

    I take it there are no markings on the press studs either?
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    Nope, no markings on the press studs. I have had Italian ones before and they are usually marked Italia on the studs if I recall?

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    yes normally, something like "Fiocchi Italy" etc.
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    The Greeks also manufactured their own version of Pattern 1937...

    Items from the Greek set appeared on the market a few years ago as British and Australian (Note the Greek small pack with flap to carry a helmet as well as the Greek cartridge carriers)

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    Greek webbing often has markings of the type shown below...

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    Thanks for the comments guys. I am thinking based on this that they are Belgian. Cheers.

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