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    Jim,
    On a theme by the look of it, close enough I think and clearly for the Bren Mags
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Another completely different version but same materials. My understanding is that the standard basic pouches were sown onto the front of this vest for attachment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    close enough
    Yes...wonder if it's just late V/S early or different makers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    Another completely different version
    Kind of like the ranger tac vest...except the additions. You don't see many of those either.
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    It wasnt specific to the Airborne Forces.
    The Assault or Battle Jerkin was an experimental design going back to 1943, with the aim of creating a load carrying system which gave a more even weight distribution than the '37 Patt webbing system. After tests it was rejected as a general replacement for the web equipment, but not before some 19,000 had been ordered. Its use during the NW Europe campaign was almost entirely limited to D-Day and a short time immediately afterwards, most having been dumped by the users within a short while afterwards.
    I know someone with a mint unissued large size Battle Jerkin in their collection, which they have owned for over 30 years.
    The more skeletal Bren Bra as posted by the OP, is not something I've seen before. I suspect again, it was an attempt at providing a means of carrying extra mags over existing equipment for assault purposes, to be discarded as soon as the mags had been expended?

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    A fairly large number of these emerged in the late '80s/early '90s from some store and they were reasonably common on the market for a while. Always more common & cheaper than the Battle Jerkin which has always been rare (and I used to have one).

    They have also been reproduced from tent canvas more recently.

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    GeeRam,
    Can only go by whats written in historic records, but the one I showed is highly likely one of many variants produced throughout the war, and the reason why its not the same pattern as the original one shown.

    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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