Product Description: A rare set of Double Strap Rifle Grenade Bags. These Double Strap Rifle Grenade Bags are dated 1942, and maker marked “GYB” for Wilhelm Friedrich Bauer. The green colored canvas is in excellent condition with minor patina and no damage. The neck strap and double back straps are made of a blue-grey webbing which shows no damage. The adjustment buckles and “D” rings are made of grey painted steel. These Double Strap Rifle Grenade Bags are much harder to encounter than their single strap counter-parts.
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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