This week sees the final part of our mini-series on Indian jungle green 37 pattern webbing when we take a look at the bayonet frog:In design this exactly matches the description from the 37 pattern fitting instructions:
This is made of narrow webbing with a loop for suspending from the waist belt and has two horizontal loops for suspending the scabbard:The scabbard is inserted and pushed through until the stud on the outside comes out between the two loops.
A second loop is sewn at the top to allow the handle of the bayonet to be slipped under to prevent it from bouncing around excessively:As with the other pieces of jungle green webbing we have looked at, the piece is very faded and the markings on the rear are very badly stamped and hard to read:There were a number of webbing manufacturers in India, Bata and ‘KEF’ being two whilst ‘CA’ is often seen marked on webbing and is the mark of the Cawnpore Government Harness and Saddlery factory. This manufacturer was based in Cawnpore and was a government run equipment company dating back to the First World War. In addition to this factory, the company had branches at Calcutta and Cossipore, whilst yet more satellites were set up in Amritsar, Bombay and Madras when the threat of Japanese invasion was at its height.
This then concludes our look at Indian jungle green webbing for now, I am still missing some components such as the small and large packs but rest assured, when I add examples to my collection I will bring them to you here.
Cool! I’ve come to love the Indian produced WWII kit more so than kit produced by other Commonwealth nations. I live in the US so it is perhaps harder to find here, but have come across items on occasion.I even just picked up (what I believe to be) an Indian produced jungle green P08/37 large pack that is almost unissued.