Equipment belt – Tropical – 1941
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 a leather tongue.
Material: First model all webbing construction
Markings: unreadable but dated 1941
Hardware: Green painted steel hook
Size: 115 centimeters
Notes: Note the tan coloured material which is used to finish the edges of the belt.