MP40 pouch – BNZ
The magazine pouch designed for the MP40 or ” Magazintasche MP38 u. 40″ was first implemented in 1938 when the MP38 was introduced as the new weapon for squad leaders or “Gruppenführer”. The pouches came in sets of two and each pouch had 3 individual cells for single 32 round magazines. One left and one right pouch. The left pouch had a extra compartment where a speed loader was kept. A wide variety of different materials, colours and designs where produced throughout the war. Leather, rayon, canvas where the main components used in the manufacture of the pouches.
This pouch was made at the ” BNZ – Steyr -Daimler – Puch” plant which also produced the MP40 itself. A vague ink stamp can be seen on the rear in white ink which is sadly unreadable. This pouch is made out of a variety of materials, different canvas but also at two different tones of leather. The strap that retains the D-ring to connect to the Y-strap is made out of rayon tape. This pouch is to be considered of mid- to latewar manufacture.