EM34 British Post-War Jungle Webbing

Simon Howlett
After World War Two the rapid advance of communism and associated political instability threatened Great Britain's interest in the Far East. From 1948 until around 1967, troops were deployed throughout the Malaysian region. To equip the British soldier and Commonwealth troops or jungle warfare the 1944 pattern 'jungle' webbing, designed during World War Two, was issued. In the 1960s, the new 1958 pattern equipment was issued to troops serving in Borneo, alongside the existing 1944 pattern set. Both patterns of equipment were unofficially customized and formally modified to meet the needs of individual jungle soldiers and the tough environment, to keep up with the rapid innovation of small-arms technology.

Brought together into one reference book, the contents include:

Components of post-war 1944 pattern webbing

1944 pattern equipment modifications

1944 pattern ancillary webbing items, bayonets and radio packs

Small arms used during the conflicts, and carriage of their ammunition

Special forces bespoke webbing

Typical customisation of infantry belt kits

Items comprising the 1958 pattern webbing equipment set
EM34 British Post-War Jungle Webbing by Simon Howlett

About the author

Simon Howlett has been researching and collecting British infantry equipment on a non-commercial basis for over 20 years, with particular interest in post-WW2 1950-1960s jungle conflicts and the 1944 pattern equipment. Resident - Hampshire