37 Pattern Sleeve Waterbottle Carrier

My thanks to Karkee Web for their help[ in correctly identifying the manufacturer of this piece of webbing.

The need to simplify webbing design and increase production led to a number of changes in equipment designs throughout the Second World War. One simple modification that reduced manufacturing time considerably was to replace the skeleton 37 pattern waterbottle carrier with the ‘bucket type’ used on the earlier RAF 1925 pattern set:imageThis carrier consists of a large webbing sleeve that completely encloses the bottle:imageAnd a strap across the bottom that prevents the bottle falling out the bottom:imageA pair of brass buckles allows the carrier to be attached to the rest of the webbing set:imageThe bottles are a very tight fit in the carrier and it is not easy to take the bottle in or out- I use this carrier for re-enacting and it is much easier to just unbuckle it. This carrier is dated 1942 and has a maker’s stamp of ‘AC’:image‘AC’ is the stamp of Associated Cutters, a company formed in 1938 by the partnership of four seperate manufacturers for hte manufacture of sewn goods, presumably to bid for larger WD contracts. This design of cradle was much easier for inexperienced companies to make as there were fewer components and simpler sewing operations needed. The bucket type cover was adopted as the standard design from 1940 onwards and can be found with both brass and sheradised buckles. At the end of the war manufacture reverted to the original design, although it seems both types of carrier were used interchangeably.

The bucket carrier is seen particularly clearly in this photograph of a member of Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal at Munderloh, Germany, 29th April 1945:11As well as being used to hold waterbottles, the carriers could also hold mess tins as seen in this photograph of a Canadian Lance Corporal near Caen on 25th July 1944:etool10etool10 - Copy

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