Royal Canadian Air Force
1940 - 1946
Web Equipment, Pattern 1937
The RCAF version of Web Equipment Pattern 1937 (W.E. Patt.'37) was similar to the khaki Army Pattern but was produced in blue/grey.
Canadian manufacture of W.E. Patt.'37 in RCAF blue/grey was under way by 1940, and both it and W.E. Patt.'25 appear to have been worn concurrently in Canada until at least 1945. Around 1942, RCAF Service Police appear to have adopted the white web used by the Army Provost, ie: whitened waistbelt, brace, brace attachment, pistol holster and ammunition pouch. It is likely that W.E. Patt.'25 and W.E. Patt.'37 components were used interchangably.
The revolver in wear as set out in Drill Instructions. The revolver is worn on the left, the grey lanyard is worn under the jacket collar with the "turk's head" sliding knot centered over the top button.
Pattern 1937 waistbelt.
Revolver ammunition pouches, a W.E. Patt.'25 pouch (top)illustrates the difference in size and profile.
Bayonet frog for the SMLE MK III, Pattern 1914 or Pattern 1917 bayonets.
Bayonet frog modified for the No. 4 Mk II bayonet.
Back view of the small frame revolver holster illustrating the difference between the Pattern 1937 (left) which has two clips for the ammunition pouch and the Pattern 1925 which does not bear the clips.
Holster for large frame revolvers.
Web Equipment, Pattern 1937, Whitened
Whitened waistbelt made by ZL & T in 1942.
Whitened small frame revolver holster.
Whitened revolver ammunition pouch.
Whitened bayonet frog.
Whitened revolver ammunition pouch showing the original grey web and ZL & T 1942 manufacturer's mark.
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