Yes, late war with that unusual ( but period ) rear hook. It is legit - see this thread http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/field-...e-they-243173/ ( I have a similar set and eventually they got a thumbs up )
As to the auxiliary straps, if you didn't have a backpack, they just got in the way - so, may as well cut them off!
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "
I agree with Dan.
Mid to late war Y straps RBN numbered agree that is a funny end clip, as stated may have been used as part from earlier Y straps. timothy
Thanks guys, great information