Australian (Pattern 1915) Leather Cartridge Carriers
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This is an original set of the P'08/15 ammunition pouches made by Australia during WWI. They are of the earlier pattern with the brass post closures. The later pouches were press stud closures and they had the extra straps to hold the pouch to the belt. The markings on these pouches are faint, and hard to photograph.
On the right hand side pouch, one of the brass posts is missing from the top, inside pocket.
Due to drastic shortages of webbing equipment during the First World War, Australia produced a version of the 1908 web equipment in leather. This equipment, which is colloquially known as Pattern 1915 or Pattern 08/15, was both more expensive and less durable than the Mills webbing. Although intended to be used by the AIF for training purposes only, period photographs show it being used by troops in France and Belgium.
The cartridge carriers of the Australian leather equipment went through numerous changes throughout the war. These examples are of a later style that use buckles with tongues, and a pouch with flap and snap or stud closure. Original pieces of this First World War equipment are becoming increasingly difficult to find. These pouches are in very good condition and are outstanding examples of a rare First World War equipment.
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