Equipment belt – R.Z.f.H 1942
The standard Equipment belt or Koppelriemen kept all the equipment together and is to be considered one of the key elements. Finding a nice one can be hard nowadays and reproductions are plenty. Right up to 1943 the early model was produced with a leather tongue with a series of holes on the inside which kept the prongs of the belt buckle. The later models where simplified whereas this leather tongue was omitted and the holes simply cut through the belt. The hook for the belt buckle was first produced in aluminium later to be replaced by steel. The belts are adjustable and marked in size ranging between 75 and 120 centimeters. These belts also came in a tropical variant made from webbing material. These are always made in the configuration with the leather tongue.
Leather: Tanned leather
Markings: R.Z.f.H. 7 1942
Maker: Reichs Zentrale für Handwerkslieferungen.
Size: 85 centimeters
Notes: The marking R.Z.f.H. is short for Reichs Zentrale für Handwerkslieferungen. This was a organisation in Germany between 1933 and 1945 which synchronized and organized small firms of craftsmen together. The
The R.Z.f.H. also had a three letter code fcn and 992