Black 37 Pattern webbing

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Black 37 Pattern webbing

Postby Dom_e » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:14 pm

Hello all, there is a lot of hearsay around blacked '37 patt webbing. Some accredit it to the Commandos, some to armoured units, some even claim it is SAS.

The only reference I have found is a pic of a Captain, 3rd Kings own Hussars in Africa. Being an armoured unit this fits with part of the suggested accreditation for black webbing.

Allegedly post-WWII the SAS used black webbing in Oman.

I'd be curious if anyone has any proper evidence of blacked up webbing being used by a combat unit. Primary sources and photographs would be particularly awesome.

P.S.: The reason for asking is that I bought a 37 web belt in black recently and am going to be putting together a black kit for regular game days and would ideally like an outfit to go with it!
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Re: Black 37 Pattern webbing

Postby McVickers » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:52 pm

Post-war armoured corps, mainly. Started off 'blancoing' it with stove blacking.
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Re: Black 37 Pattern webbing

Postby RangerEuan » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:34 am

Post War royal marine commandos. Can be seen in use in the sixties/seventies on the photographs I remember of an abseiling exercise.
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Re: Black 37 Pattern webbing

Postby Dom_e » Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:08 pm

Cheers fellas, got some good reference images now!
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