Y-straps – RBNr. 0/0448/0070
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. 0/0448/0070
Maker: Wittkop & Co., Metall- u. Lederwaren-Fabrik, Bielefeld
Hardware: Gray painted steel.
Notes: This Y-strap is made by the company Wittkop & Co., Metall- u. Lederwaren-Fabrik, Bielefeld and it is made in a interesting design with the early hidden stitch on the front. Wittkop was a company that made saddles for bicycles and motorbikes.