Rubberized equipment belt – Frdr. Hannike 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 the leather tongue.
Material: Rubberized canvas
Markings: Frdr. Hannike, Berlin-Tegel 1941
Maker: Friedrich Hannike, Berlin-Tegel
Hardware: Riveted hook
Size: 88 cm
Notes: Some of these rubberized belts have been found with SS buckles but it is unclear what the exact purpose of this belt was. Something I have noticed is that these rubberized belts and the bayonet frogs out of the same material are all made in 1941.