Indian Made Pre-Dyed Jungle Green Cartridge Carriers

As the Second World War progressed British and Empire forces became increasingly better equipped for fighting in the jungle, with new tactics, uniforms and equipment being introduced to give the fighting man a better chance against the Japanese. One innovation was to dye webbing equipment green so it blended in better with the jungle environment. Initially Indian made 37 pattern webbing was vat dyed after it had been made, but as the war progressed the material itself was pre-dyed before being made up into the items of webbing. Those items that were dyed after being assembled have stitching that matches the colour of the webbing; those made from pre-dyed webbing have distinctive tan stitching, as in the case of this pair of Indian made cartridge carriers:imageThe stitching is very visible, as are the different shades of green showing various components of the cartridge carrier were made from different batches of webbing cloth, this is especially obvious on the rear:imageThe metal fittings are typically Indian brass, rougher than UK manufacture but still perfectly serviceable:imageThere does not appear to be any manufacturer’s marks on the two carriers, but there is a code of what I believe says ‘OZA2’ inside one of the flaps:imageThe flaps themselves are secured with Newey studs and there are three different designs of fastener across the two carriers, one fastener has a star pattern:imageOne has a swirl design:imageAnd the remaining two are more conventional pebbled designs:imageAs ever with these carriers, there are two male fasteners allowing the securing of the pouch to be adjusted depending on whether it is filled or not:imageThese carriers have finally allowed me to assemble a complete skeleton set of pre-dyed jungle green Indian webbing:image

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