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Re: Kit bag rope

June 19 2008 at 6:25 PM
Alex  (Login gate1)
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Response to Kit bag rope

Howard

I'd say the rope on the advertised kitbag was not standard and possibly a post war addition. As stated its also not a 'kitbag' as such, the type used by an airmen travelling from station to station or to a posting abroad, in which he'd carry all his worldly possessions. The standard was the handle and padlock, for the simple reason that if an airmen threw his kitbag in the back of a truck, an aircraft or the hold of a ship, he'd want to make sure the thing could not be opened by anyone (unless they made it obvious by slitting the canvas bag itself). As previously stated, rope might have been used on a temporary basis for carrying or for quick closure, but for transit it was the handle and lock. There is one currently on ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350068959299&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:GB:1123

 
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