M42 Grenade Carrying Bags – BCD

Condition: Near Mint

Maker: BCD

SKU: JW5768 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This set of M42 Grenade Carrying Bags is a choice example of a hard to find and very desirable piece of field gear. They appear to be unused. The bags themselves are made of a typical Wehrmacht green linen canvas, with factory style machine stitching throughout. The closure straps and buckles are made of natural undyed leather, riveted in place, and remain supple and near mint. One of the straps is neatly stamped with a Waffenamt inspection marking, “WaA 14.” The two grenade bags are connected by a heavy blue canvas strap, which shows no wear. Under the flap of one of the bags, the maker code and year “bcd 42” is stamped in black ink. These M42 Grenade Carrying Bags would be perfect for a mannequin display, and would be very hard to upgrade. They remain in outstanding, near mint 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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