A scarce properly matched pair of 1939 Pattern Equipment Shoulder Braces. The 1939 Pattern Leather Equipment was introduced by the British War Office shortly after the start of WW2. This Equipment was rushed into production to make up the shortfall in web equipment manufacture which at that time was simply not up to the task of equipping the whole of the very rapidly enlarging British Army. The 1939 Equipment appears to have been deployed for training purposes only with its most typical use being by the Home Guard.
The Shoulder Braces are by far the most difficult part of the 1939 Equipment to find, this due to the majority being converted to civilian luggage carrying straps post-war. The 1939 Shoulder Braces offered here are a proper left and right matched pair with one having the extra crossover securing loop exactly as prescribed. Both Braces are undamaged and in very good little used condition with a perfect light tan colour match. One has a 1941 manufacturer’s date mark and the other is devoid of any markings.