MP40 pouch – clg 44
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.
Markings: MP38 u. 40 – clg44 – WaA 86?
Maker: Ernst Melzig Lederwaren, Liegnitz
Colour of main material: Tan canvas
Closing straps: Blackened leather
Belt loops: Blackened leather
D-ring strap: Blackened leather
Notes: This pouch is one of the most common pouches to encounter on the market today. A interesting feature is to see the bottoms of the cells being reinforced with small sections of rifle sling. Another interesting detail is the red pencil lines indicated where the stitches needed to go.
S. Van Wingerden collection