Product Description: This original leather equipment case is a relatively scarce piece of field gear. We are not certain of the exact intended use of this pattern of pouch, but it has been suggested that these might have been used as map cases by Artillery personnel. This one is typical wartime manufacture, made with smooth leather as well as “Ersatz” artificial leather (Presstoff) made from pressed paper. The front has a leather closure strap with a wartime steel roller buckle; the reverse has two belt loops. The belt loops are riveted on, a construction technique that began to be used more frequently as the war wore on. The loops are also nicely maker marked and dated, with one of them bearing the code “exv 42” indicating manufacture by the firm of Heinrich Vordemberge in Osnabrück, in 1942. The other loop has a Waffenamt eagle and swastika inspection stamp, with the WaA code 448. This tough-to-find leather equipment case is in a strong excellent condition, with all of the original sturdy hand-done stitching intact, and only typical light wear to the edges.
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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