Product Description: This set of M42 Grenade Carrying Bags is a very appealing, late war produced set. These are made of a late war blue canvas fabric that appears to be made with synthetic material. There is a light patina from age and shelf wear, but no tears, holes or other damage; it does not appear that this set was ever actually used. The strap that joins the two bags is a nice late war heavy woven canvas, that is affixed to the bags using riveted metal hardware. The canvas closure straps are also typical late war types, riveted in place, with metal buckles and tip covers. The riveted hardware on the closure straps is maker marked “LUX,” and one of the bags is maker stamped in ink under the flap with the factory code “bdq.” This is a great set of scarce M42 Grenade Carrying Bags, that displays handsomely. The condition rates as excellent plus.
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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