"…knowing him, and something of his deeds, it was impossible not to believe in greatness. In that square figure was housed a spirit of grandeur, and with his massive heroism went gentleness and modesty, even humility. He had no need to proclaim his virtue, for history would be his spokesman."
Eric Linklater on Wavell.
I think its a carrying stap or keeping patient on stretcher.
Stretcher Bearers straps...they go over your shoulders so the 'cross' is inbetween your shoulderblades and arms go through the two straps.The loops with the brass buckles go over the handles on the stretcher.Its to help take the weight of a person on the stretcher...one to each bearer.Looks to be an improvement on the medic having to use two separate straps like the other version.
Interesting to see a ww2 dated one..i have a couple of these that are 50's dated and green.
....just dug mine out and they appear to be dated 1990!
exactly what I ment.but better put.
I got a few from a shop in Oxford a few months ago, they were all dated 1944. Also had several 50's dated in dark green