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My Newest Piece of Pattern 25 Webbing

Article about: This came in today's mail, a 1938 dated Officer's Pattern 25 waist belt. Wasn't quite sure what it was when I bought it, I just knew it was different from my other belts. This belt has a dif

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    Default My Newest Piece of Pattern 25 Webbing

    This came in today's mail, a 1938 dated Officer's Pattern 25 waist belt. Wasn't quite sure what it was when I bought it, I just knew it was different from my other belts. This belt has a different type of back buckle arrangement having D rings attached to the lower ends of the straps. Instead of the snap stud on the left side for the bayonet frog, this belt has a sword hanger. I wondered if it could be Officer's belt?

    I sent photos of the belt to Karkeeweb.com and confirmed my suspicions. "Not just a variation, but the very first blue-grey pattern of webbing, intended for officers only, Web Equipment for Officers. It was announced by A.M.W.O. in 1926. We cover it here. R.A.F. W.E.O. "

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    A hard to find item. Well done!
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    Very nice belt and in lovely condition

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    Thanks guys, I'm pretty pleased with it. I hemmed and hawed for about two weeks whether or not to buy it. A bit more than I wanted to spend plus shipping from the UK to the States is never cheap.
    In the end, knowing what I have and its significance, glad I decided to buy it.

    This belt will be displayed on one of my RCAF Flying Officer's tunics along with a Pattern 25 holster and ammo pouch.

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    Pilot Officer SD uniform with Officer's Pattern 25 webbing and Webley revolver.

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    Just a quick update, I was fortunate to be able to add a second Officer's version waist belt (1939 dated) as well as another bayonet frog to my collection of Pattern 25 webbing. Difficult to find but still out there.

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    Lovely, I'm very jealous!

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    The P1919 webbing was intended for the RN and officers still led landing/boarding parties armed with a cutlass-as P25 is based on P19, that explains the sword carrier which is otherwise a strange addition for a RAF Johnnie!

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    Strange indeed as swords would often get in the way in the cockpit of a Spitfire. 😁

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