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S.S.L. 41 Mess Kit and canteen

Article about: Found this last weekend at the fairgrounds military show. It came with the carry strap. Another dealer at the show said this style of strap was for the bed roll? I wasn't too sure about him.

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    Found this last weekend at the fairgrounds military show. It came with the carry strap. Another dealer at the show said this style of strap was for the bed roll? I wasn't too sure about him. The canteen I've had for awhile, the leather isn't completely stiff, but I'm leery of undoing it.

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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Nice finds! I guess some G.I's thought they needed a kraut mess tin to go camping with when them came back haha!

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    Hi

    The dealer was correct... the strap you show is a so called "Mantelriemen" (the straps used to put the great coat and/or blanket to the tornister. These straps are also used to strap the Zelt to the belt (when no A-Frame is used, especially at the beginning of war, when Y straps and A-frames were not widely used) )

    A normal Mess kit strap has 8 holes relatively close to each other, and no extra strap with stud like the Mantelriemen

    here an overview of straps

    the upper one is a A-frame mess kit strap

    the middle one is a normal mess kit strap

    the lower one is a equipment strap (Mantelriemen) (they normally don't fit around mess kits)

    you can easily spot the difference is length



    Tom

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    Thank you Tom, that helps a lot now I know what to look for. Now I think I need a bread bag to go with them.
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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Looks totally legit.

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