Combat Y-Straps – RBNr

Condition: Excellent

Maker: RBNR: 0/0488/0019

SKU: JW5767 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is an outstanding an apparently unused set of combat Y-Straps. They are a textbook later war pair, with typical steel hardware. The metal parts still retain virtually all of the original factory applied light gray paint. Each strap is marked with the R.B. number “0/0488/0019,” a factory maker code. All of the stitching is intact, and the leather is supple and bright like it was when it was produced. One of the straps is marked in ink with the name “Köhler,” and the other with the initial “K.” All of the buckles are complete and functional, the original back strap is full length, and there is no damage of any kind to note. It is increasingly hard to find these desirable combat Y-straps in unissued condition. This set is choice, and remains in excellent plus condition.



Historical Description: Learning from their experiences and defeat in the previous war, Germany would develop new strategies for warfare. The result was a hard hitting, mobile warfare, which relied on speed and coordination. It would later be known as “Blitzkrieg”.  This new style of warfare would require changes to be made from how the Generals conducted operations, down to the individual soldier’s equipment.  As the Third Reich began rearming Germany during the 1930’s, due to the economic situation, much of the equipment and gear the fighting forces initially received would be from the First World War. This necessary reissuing of equipment combined with the revolutionary tactics being developed forced the German military to adapt their gear and equipment to these changes. As the German economy improved and more funding was available to the military, new equipment would be developed to replace the obsolete World War One equipment. The outbreak of World War Two pushed the development and issuing of new equipment to German soldiers to new levels. New designs and manufacturing techniques were developed. As the war progressed and fortunes changed, the German Third Reich was forced to cut production time, while continuing to develop better equipment. These changes to production, combined with newer designs, produced a vast array of equipment variants. Today these variants of equipment show proof of the drastic changes made by the German Military during World War 2.


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