RCAF 37 Pattern Cartridge Carriers

The Canadian 1937 Pattern cartridge carriers were distinctive as they used a pleated design rather than the reduction weaving used on British made examples. The Canadian factories lacked the looms to make this reduction weaving, but by using pleats the same effect could be achieved and the cartridge carriers worked in the same manner as those produced elsewhere in the Empire. The most common version to find is that in khaki webbing as used by the army, but a version in blue-grey for the Royal Canadian Air Force was also produced: 

The front of the carriers shows the plain snaps used to secure the top flaps for each pocket, as well as the folds used to create the expansion needed to carry the chargers of ammunition: 

Opening the top flaps shows the internal tabs used to prevent the loss of ammunition form the cartridge carriers: 

The fittings on the vertical strap are made of the distinctive Canadian ‘battle brass’ with its brown-green colour: 

The rear of the carriers shows the brass c-hooks used to connect to the belt together with the markings in black ink: 

The markings have the /|\ within a ‘C’ acceptance mark used by the Canadian military and the initials ZL&T Ltd for Zephyr Loom and Textile: 

RCAF webbing is not common in the UK, with the holsters being the easiest items to find so these cartridge carriers are definitely one of the harder items of Canadian webbing to find for the collection. 

One comment

  1. I really need to find a way to ship a bunch of stuff like this overseas without costing my children their inheritance in postage 😉
    Unfortunately, the carrier I have had it’s top strap cut off long before I dug it out of a box in my grandfather’s closet, which is odd because he was WW1 Artillery and none of my uncles or aunts on that side were in the RCAF although several on the other side were. I wish I’d kept a lot of things, like the uniforms from several wars, including a Boer War era scarlet uniform complete with white helmet in it’s box and a khaki set to go with it 😦

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.