Following the Vietnam War, the Australian military revised all their uniforms, weapons and webbing based on their experience in this conflict. The most obvious change was the adoption of the five colour ‘auscam’ camouflage pattern, with this pattern being used on both unforms and a new webbing system. This new webbing system was introduced in 1989 and based around the newly adopted Steyr personal weapon and the Minimi support weapon. One of the new elements of webbing was a pouch to hold the belts of ammunition for the Minimi:This pouch measures 20cm x 15cm x 10 cm and fastened by a plastic Fastex buckle:The front and rear of the pouch are made from stiffer materials to help hold the contents safely, then pouch being designed to hold either a 200 round Minimi magazine or ten 15-round clips of ammunition. The reverse of the pouch has a strip of cotton webbing to reinforce:Attached to this is a pair of belt fasteners and three D-Rings to attach to the rest of the set:The base of the pouch has three metal reinforced drainage holes:Either side of the pouch has cotton loops for hanging items off the pouch:This pouch is dated 2002 and has the large /|\ ownership mark stamped under the top flap:The pouch has a nato stores code of 8465-66-132-6860. Although designed for Minimi ammunition, these large pouches have been very popular with troops as a general purpose pouch for both ammunition and personal items. This is the first of two items of 1988 pattern Auscam webbing we will be looking at this week- this being a new webbing set I have just started to pull together.