Y-strap – French reworked Y-straps
Y-straps with auxiliary straps or “Koppeltragegestell aus Leder mit Hilfstrageriemen” was first introduced in April 1939. Meant to distribute the weight of the equipment evenly, the Y-straps where a important part of the equipment. In April 1940 the official name was changed to “Koppeltragegestell für Infanterie” Even though it was introduced in 1939 it only saw widespread use from 1941 onwards. Also in that year the first “tropical” Y-straps where introduced, they stayed in production until the end of the war. As the war further progressed the Y-straps underwent many minor changes ever simplifying the production.
Hardware: Painted steel
Notes: This Y-strap is a reworked pre war French Y-strap that had auxiliary straps and D-rings added to accommodate the German rucksacks and A-frames. It was converted during the war using up the captured French stocks.