Monday, 18 April 2016

1942 Battle Jerkin



My researches often take unexpected paths. While looking up something about Viking tunics I came across this interesting item:-



 From "British Infantry Equipments 1908–1980 Men at Arms series"






 
Load carrying vests or jerkins are relatively commonplace. Whether a vest or a more traditional webbing system is the best way to carry gear over body armour is still debated. Adding pouches directly to the armour and making a heavy item even heavier does not seem to be the most prudent option. What is most impressive about the 1942 Battle jerkin is its versatility. Not only will it hold a lot of equipment, but a great variety too. The designer remembered to make provision for “non-standard” items such as machetes and commando knives. Some modern vest designers would be advised to take a good look at the 1942 Battle Jerkin!

The Books
http://www.angelfire.com/art/enchanter/epsdbook.html 

http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/phil-west/survival-weapons-optimizing-your-arsenal/paperback/product-21488758.html

http://www.lulu.com/shop/phil-west/crash-combat/paperback/product-22603842.html