1940 Pattern Waterbottle Carrier

Tonight we are looking at the fourth and final piece of 1940 pattern webbing in my collection; the water bottle carrier. Of all the elements of this set, this is the cheapest and easiest to find, with even the most expensive dealer’s site only charging £30 or so for one. Of all the elements of the 1940 pattern webbing, this is the most unusual and as far as I am aware this design was not used on any other British Empire webbing set by Mills Company; although a similar design was used on a set of webbing patented in 1911:bottleFor a description of the 1940 pattern water bottle we turn to the official fitting instructions:

Waterbottle Carrier- This is made in the form of a bag:imagewith a reinforcing band at the top to enable easy insertion of the bottle:imageA “V” shaped strap with snap fastener secures the bottle:imageTwo buckles are fitted to the back for attachment to the horizontal strap of the left cartridge carrier and to one of the straps with keyway fitting:imageA stud is riveted in the band of web at the bottom to engage the keyway fitting on the left hand of the back adjustment strap:imageThis example, like every other one I have seen, is in unissued condition and marked ‘MECo’ and dated 1940:imageThis photograph from the original manual shows the water bottle carrier is use, worn at the small of the back:1940_mills_reverse_bigAs has been mentioned before I am just missing the back belt and haversack for this set, anyone who has one of these items and is willing to sell it please get in contact as I am very keen to finish off my set.

One comment

  1. Have you fitted a waterbootle into it?

    I found it to be too tight on a Mk7 bottle. I think I’ve tried even a mint ’40 carrier and it was STILL too tight. Do you know if it was to be used with a different waterbottle?

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