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Strange Side Pack - 1937 Pattern Variant?

Article about: Hello Forum, This pack has been a bit of a mystery item in my lot for a while. I have not seen another like it. It is obliviously in the pattern 37 style - With a few standout differences, n

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    Hello Forum,

    This pack has been a bit of a mystery item in my lot for a while. I have not seen another like it. It is obliviously in the pattern 37 style - With a few standout differences, no brass/metal hardware eyelets etc.

    The cotton webbing material is also much lighter and softer. There are no markings visible.

    For comparison, note a pat 37 pack (post WWII, note the black metal hardware) and a pattern 08 pack (almost certainly used in WWII - dyed green).

    If I recall correctly, this pack came from a group which I believe was used by an Australian cadet circa 1970, who interestingly had also been issued a WWII Vintage M1 helmet! WCCU - Waverley College Cadet Unit.

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    Best regards,
    Chris

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

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    It could possibly be an american manufactured pack, i have seen american made signals satchels for the British army however i am unsure what other British webbing items they would have made. It looks to be made from a cotton duck material which was what american webbing was made from. Although i could be completely wrong, so many countries and companies for the consumer market manufactured webbing based on the British 37 pattern post war.

    Cheers
    Harry

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    Many thanks for your reply Harry - The material is exactly the same as several other WWII era US packs I have. Great observation!
    Best regards,
    Chris

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

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