There are many accessories used by the British Army to supplement their weapons systems, including a bewildering array of pouches, tool rolls and spare parts wallets. Identifying quite what weapon each is designed to be used with can be a challenge and today we are looking at an example of what is officially termed the ‘Holdall, Small Arms, Tools and Accessories’. Unfortunately beyond this nomenclature, I cannot find any information as to what exactly it contained, or what weapon it was supposed to accompany. This holdall is a short, dark green bag, with a large external pocket on the front and a green nylon carrying strap:
The end of the holdall is secured by a top flap and a friction buckle:
Opening this up reveals that the internal neck of the holdall secures with a draw string:
The combination of draw string and top flap would offer good weather protection to the contents of the holdall in all but the very foulest weather. The rear of the holdall is much plainer, without the large pocket, presumably to make it more comfortable to carry slung over the shoulder:
A short webbing grab handle is sewn onto the rear here:
The only marking on the holdall is an NSN number printed on the rear:
This NSN code is what has enabled me to track down the holdall’s designation but unfortunately that is all I have been able to discover about the bag. If you can fill in any more of the story on this intriguing bag then please put your thoughts in the comments below.