70 Pattern Water Bottle and Carrier

As might be expected, water was crucial for SADF soldiers operating in the Veldt during the Bush Wars. Multiple water bottles were carried and the 70 pattern set obviously included a carrier for a waterbottle. The water bottle carrier was obviously influenced by the British 1944 pattern carrier,which in turn was based on the M1910 American canteen carrier, but was made in the green-grey colour of the rest of the 70 pattern set and with a number of unique features:

The most obvious feature from the front is a webbing tab sewn front and central on the carrier:

This tab has a loop above it that allows a water bottle to be secured between the kidney pouches on the back of the webbing if you wish:

The bottle just slips inside the carrier, which is unlined, and a pair of flaps at the shoulders secure it in place with a couple of press studs:

The back of the carrier has a pair of belt loops and a female press stud to allow the carrier to be attached to the seperate belt order belt that had corresponding male studs on it for use when making up a set of belt order webbing:

There should be a tab and a metal spring slip above the press stud, but this has been cut off at some point. The bottle itself is made of green plastic and this has the second pattern of lid that was not secured to the neck with a plastic collar:

As best I can determine the change over in waterbottle types occured about 1973, but both types were used alongside each other for the entire service life of the webbing set.

A nesting metal cup was also issued that fitted over the base of the waterbottle before it was put in the pouch, again this design followed US practice and had a folding handle to it.

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