Y-straps – RBNr. 0/0156/0013
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. As the war progressed the Y-straps underwent many minor changes ever simplifying the production.
Markings: RBNr. 0/0156/0013
Hardware: Coated steel, non hinged front hooks, wire rear hook
Notes: This Y-strap is in the textbook “late” configuration with a simplified rear hook made from wire.