SADF Parade Bayonet Frog

Many years ago we looked at a 1940 dated South African leather bayonet frog here. Although this pattern of frog was to be dropped from frontline service during or shortly after the Second World War, it was to continue to be manufactured for the SADF to use for ceremonial duties. The frogs in use in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the combat equipment were practical, but did not look smart enough for use on the parade ground so the older pattern was produced in white rather than brown to contrast nicely with the dress uniform:

The frog was to be used with the SLR/FAL type of bayonet which had a traditional scabbard with a stud on one side. This slotted into the opening on the front of the frog and was secured in place by the front strap and its white metal buckle:

The bayonet frog is held together with heavy duty stitching down the two sides and a set of eight white metal rivets, these help form the loop at the top to pass a parade belt through and their positions can be clearly seen on the back of the frog:

These leather frogs are unmarked, however they are distinctly South African in origin and are one of the cheaper items of South African militaria, being regularly offered for under £10 on eBay.

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