Product Description: This set of M42 Grenade Carrying Bags is an outstanding, unissued set. These bags are made of a sturdy blue linen canvas, with white stitching. The color remains bright, and the stitching is clean. The closure straps are made of smooth black leather, with typical wartime steel buckles, and are riveted in place. One of the closure straps is marked with a Waffenamt inspection stamp, and the other is maker marked with a factory code that appears to be “cvc,” with the date “42” making these an early set of this pattern. The strap that connects the two bags is also made of leather, and shows no wear or damage. This is a nice, clean set of scarce M42 Grenade Carrying Bags, that would look great on a mannequin. It shows only very light age, with no wear or damage of any kind. The condition rates as near mint.
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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