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Indian-made Pattern 1937 Webbing Set Overview

Article about: The following set of Pattern 1937 webbing was manufactured between 1942 and 1943 by Bata Shoe Company Private, Limited in British India. Czechoslovak industrialist Tomas Bata set up the firs

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    The following set of Pattern 1937 webbing was manufactured between 1942 and 1943 by Bata Shoe Company Private, Limited in British India. Czechoslovak industrialist Tomas Bata set up the first experimental shoe production plant in Konnagar, West Bengal with 75 Czechoslovak experts in 1931. Jan Antonin Bata then built an industrial manufacturing city called Batanagar (near Konnagar) in 1934 and another factory in Bataganj in the Digha neighborhood of Patna, the capital of the Bihar state in 1942. Bata webbing often features a letter code of 'N' or 'D' after the date, which may represent different factories. Other markings include the maker mark (B.S.C. in 1941-42 and BATA in 1943), date and inspector mark (often in the form of C↑##).

    Although Indian webbing is often criticized by modern collectors for the quality of its webbing (Indian textile firms utilized a different species of cotton, which resulted in this rather coarse weave webbing) and the crudeness of its brass, it is important to remember that India had to greatly expand its production very quickly to meet wartime needs.

    Indian-made Pattern 1937 Web Equipment - Field Service Marching Order
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    Indian-made Pattern 1937 Web Equipment - Inside
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    Belt marked 'B.S.C. 1942' and 'C↑22'
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    Belt buckle marked 'M 42'
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    Braces (Note the left brace loop on the outside)
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    Left Brace marked 'B.S.C. 1942 D' and 'C↑24'
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    Right Brace marked 'B.S.C. 1942 N' and 'C↑24'
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    Right Brace (opposite side) marked 'B.S.C. 1942 N'
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    Left Basic Pouch
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    Left Basic Pouch marked 'B.S.C. 1942 D' and 'C↑24'
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    Left Basic Pouch Ballistite Loops
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    Right Basic Pouch
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    Right Basic Pouch marked 'B.S.C. 1942 N' and 'C↑83'
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    Right Basic Pouch Ballistite Loops
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    Bayonet Frog marked 'B.S.C. 1942 N' and 'C↑24'
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    Indian Pattern Bayonet in Scabbard
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    Indian Pattern Bayonet (12 inch blade)
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    Bayonet Ricasso marked 'G.R.I.' (for Georgius Rex Imperator), 'Mk. II' (since the 12 inch bayonet blade superseded the 17 inch blade of the Mk. I) , '11 41' (for the date of manufacture, November 1941) and 'R.F.I.' (for Rifle Factory Ishapore)
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    Bayonet Ricasso marked with Ishapore inspection stamps 'IS 279', 'IS 284' and '225'
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    Waterbottle in Carrier (note that this early pattern of carrier uses a stud closure rather than the buckle system that replaced it in 1943)
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    Waterbottle Carrier marked 'B.S.C. 1942'
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    Rubber stopper marked 'B.R.W.' (the Indian origin of this waterbottle is unconfirmed)
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    Indian Machete in Scabbard
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    Indian Machete Scabbard marked 'ca 1943' (for the Government Harness & Saddlery Factory, Cawnpore) and 'C↑908'
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    Indian Machete
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    Indian Machete handle that appears to be faintly marked 'MADE IN ENGLAND'
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    Indian Machete handle marked with a 'Small Arms' inspection stamp 'SA 258' (these stamps are also found on wartime kukris)
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    Haversack
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    Haversack marked 'BATA 1943'
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    Haversack tab brass chape marked 'K.A.M. 1942'
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    Haversack buckle marked 'A.A. 42' (possibly for Artisans' Association of Aligarh, United Provinces)
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    Haversack internal divider
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    Indian-made Mess Tins
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    Indian-made Mess Tins - Inside
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    Indian-made Mess Tins - Outside
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    Inner Mess Tin Body marked 'METAL BOX COY. - CALCUTTA - 1942'
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    Inner Mess Tin Body marked 'METAL BOX COY. - CALCUTTA - 1942'
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    Shoulder Straps
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    Shoulder Strap hooks
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    Left Shoulder Strap marked 'BATA 1943' and 'C↑20'
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    Left Shoulder Strap Buckle (1908 Pattern) marked 'A.A. 42'
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    Right Shoulder Strap marked 'BATA 1943'
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    Right Shoulder Strap Brass Chape marked 'K.A.M. 1942'
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    Pack (1908 Pattern) and Supporting Straps
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    Pack (1908 Pattern) marked 'B.S.C. 1942 N' and 'C↑24'
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    Pack (1908 Pattern) Weather Flap with Eyelet
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    Supporting Strap marked 'B.S.C. 1942 N' and 'C↑24'
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    Supporting Strap Brass Chape marked 'MB' (for the Metal Box Company of Calcutta or Bombay)
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    Supporting Strap marked 'B.S.C. 1942 D' and 'C↑22'
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    Last edited by karkee; 07-10-2016 at 04:20 AM.

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    Excellent display and a nice thread. Thanks.

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    "Indian made" I thought I was going to see something with beads and feathers on it.

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    Stunning set, very well presented and explained.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quote by SteveR View Post
    "Indian made" I thought I was going to see something with beads and feathers on it.
    Good point Steve! I should have included the issue dreamcatcher...

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    Fantastic set of webbing mate!! That would have to be the nicest and most complete Indian made set I have ever seen.

    Thanks for the pics!!

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    What an impressive and complete thread full of knowledge and explained in depth information,great stuff and thanks for sharing.........
    With Regards Jake.

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    What Indian Webbing set would be complete without some Indian-made .303 bandoliers! These particular bandoliers have no load stamps or maker marks, just the typical inspection stamps used by the Government of India on most garments. Indian inspection marks usually consist of a circle with inspection codes above and below a date (in this case, November 1943) flanking a broad arrow.

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    Great thread!I've started seeking this stuff out now...just got the small pack to find.I also have the very rare Indian made water bottle an Enamel mug.Once that's done ill start on an officers set!

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    I've just picked up an Indian made small pack on eBay following a tip off from Karkee. It's a seller in Greece, but it arrived in the UK within four days and the seller threw in a free 44 dated cap comforter. I think he has some more for sale, about 25 each. Search for Sakisham711

    Ed

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