88 Pattern Webbing Yoke Assembly

An essential element of any webbing set is the method of transferring loads to the shoulders, this was traditionally done by a pair of webbing shoulder straps, but since the Second World War most armies have adopted a padded yoke that offers a greater surface area and more connection points with the belt and its load. The Australian Army 88 pattern set uses a yoke that is commonly referred to as a ‘H Harness’ in Australian service. Initially this was very much ‘H’ shaped and made of the same Auscam fabric as the rest of the set. This component, however, was updated along with many other components in the set and it is the final pattern of yoke we are looking at tonight:imageThe yoke uses a six point connecting system to attach it to the belt, distributing the load bearing around the body. At the rear two straps descend straight down the back:imageThese have plastic buckles and are attached to the pouches like this:FullSizeRenderThe black electrical tape is a common modification done to ensure the webbing stays at the correct adjustment for its wearer. Each of the two front arms of the yoke have two straps coming down:imageThese attach in the same manner to the front of the webbing belt set. The main yoke part is padded with foam for comfort over the shoulders:imageThe outer side of this portion of the yoke has a number of webbing loops that allow items such as grenades and first aid pouches to be attached here:imageAn adjustable chest strap with a Fastex fastener is also provided:imageThe yoke can clearly be seen in this photograph of cadets on a first aid training exercise:20080301adf8243523_015-2

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