Tropical Y-straps – Budischowsky 1941
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.
Markings: C. Budischowsky Wien 1941
Maker: Karl Budischovsky u. Soehne, Oesterreichische Lederindustrie AG, Vienna
Hardware: Painted steel
Notes: The rear strap of this Y-strap has a extra steel ring which in my opinion was meant to keep the rear pip from coming undone. Canvas Y-straps like these are called ” Tropical ” as it is thought that’s the initial reason of the utilization of the material. They where introduced together with other canvas uniforms and equipment meant for the Deutsches Afrika Korps. After that they kept producing these until 1945.
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