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WWII GERMAN COMBAT LEATHER EQUIPMENT Y-STRAPS. HIGH QUALITY MAN THE LINE EXCLUSIVE.
ALL BROWN LEATHER
Standard combat suspenders worn by German troops in WWII. Although introduced in 1939, the “Koppeltragegestell für Infanterie” didn’t become commonplace until 1941. Although the design remained the same, there were several minor design changes implemented during the course of the War.
Early straps had aluminum hardware which was switched to steel during 1940.
Sometime in 1942-43 the adjustment method for auxiliary straps was changed from a stud to a slide, and the rivet cover stitching was simplified.
There were also a number of manufacturer differences in the size and type of D-rings and hooks used.
The “M42” Y-straps are the latter style. “