MP40 Pouches – bdr 43
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.
Model: Magazintasche MP.38 U. 40
Markings: MP.38 U. 40 – bdr 43 – WaA 36
Maker: bdr indicates production by Richard Ehrhardt, Lederwarenfabrik, Poessneck, Thuringia.
Colour of main material: Green canvas
Closing straps: Smooth and pebbled black leather
Belt loops: Brown leather
D-ring strap: Tan canvas
Notes: These pouches are made out of many different materials, multiple kinds of leather, webbing and canvas. The leather securing loops are stitched in an “H” form which is a typical feature for pouches from this maker.