WWI M1918 Belts
Posted 02 November 2020 - 10:44 PM
Posted 03 November 2020 - 11:13 AM
Nice collection . There is one that you are " missing " .
When I had BARs I put a grouping like yours together , thought I had them all . Then I saw a film of battle scenes . In it a camera man was on a dike with water filled fields on both sides . A row of soldiers was approaching him . He stepped off the dike to let them pass , filming them go by . Last man was the BAR man . He wore a pocked web bandoleer , six pockets across the chest up front and six across the back ( camera man continued to follow them down the dike ) . Never saw one before and I had to have one . Everyone said I was crazy , such a thing never existed . I never found one .
Years later , after the BAR was long gone , I found one . It was a D-Day paratrooper's smoke grenade bandoleer . I would guess that each pocket would hold one BAR magazine , but he could of had grenades in them .
Posted 03 November 2020 - 12:06 PM
Posted 03 November 2020 - 01:20 PM
Very nice, I started a similar collection some years back but with WWII contractors and dates. There may be some odd ones out there but it has been several years since I have run across an example that I did not already have. I believe there is a sticky with my list of WWII contractors.
Posted 03 November 2020 - 03:07 PM
You still need the right/left 6 mag pouch, but you are off to a really good start.
Posted 03 November 2020 - 03:13 PM
Very close to that , but more like a pair of regular WW2 belts made as one piece with the shoulder pad and prob'ly a buckle of some sort .
BTW , nice M1936 chemical grenade bandoleer !
Edited by emmagee1917, 03 November 2020 - 03:21 PM.
Posted 03 November 2020 - 05:58 PM
Posted 04 November 2020 - 04:55 PM
Posted 04 November 2020 - 05:38 PM
I had never seen one till that one film on TV. No one knew what I was talking about among all the collectors I knew . Several years ago someone put one on eBay and ID'd it . It went for several hundred dollars . Then over the next six months or so , a dozen or so came out of the closets , then you never saw them again .
Sad , Chris
Posted 09 November 2020 - 11:42 AM
You've missed one. The Monitor BAR pouch. I've only seen one since I've been looking for one.
I think Big Al owns it.
Posted 10 November 2020 - 10:26 PM
Posted 11 November 2020 - 04:27 AM
You know, you fellas are a bad influence! Haha! Here I was just thinkin its ok lil wallet. The onslaught is over for now. Then BAM! To be honest if I find a Monitor belt I will pick it up and pass it along as I wouldnt appreciate it as much as some of the collectors here who really study and love the Monitor. Now... a 6 pocket round flap modified WW1 belt with the large buckles!? Different story. Speaking of which does anyone have a photo of a 6 pocket round flap magazine belt that still utilizes the large buckle?
A Monitor belt really would not fit into a collection of military issue items.
Posted 11 November 2020 - 07:29 AM
Maybe Big AL will post some photos. Yes. I tried to purchace it from him, he was very proud of it.
I didnt want to do what I did with the color fold out Monitor flyer, paid stupid money for it.
Posted 11 November 2020 - 03:00 PM
Posted 11 November 2020 - 03:37 PM
Posted 21 November 2020 - 06:25 PM
Just returned from local gun show and brought home a interesting BAR belt.
It has 6 pockets like a typical WW2 belt and is marked as follows.
Left pouch set,-----1613
Plant Bros & Co
Right pouch set not marked. no U.S. on front flat.
Connecting belt marked,------LCC& Co 12-18
In other words it looks like a typical WW2 set except no US stamped on front right flap.
On closer inspection, it appears that the 45 mag pouch was removed and replaced with a BAR pouch.
done and not in the Ballou book.