This is our reproduction of the 1st pattern supplementary bandolier used by commando troops and other units on and around D-day. This item which is also sometimes known as the skeleton assault vest was produced for the sole purpose of carrying extra Bren gun magazines. Our latest reproduction version of this garment is base on the first pattern model produced by the Mills equipment Company (MECo) which was first introduced around about 1942. Our reproduction is made of 15 oz mid-chocolate brown cotton canvas, with original webbing straps and buckles, our new version also has the wider 1 inch cotton binding as used by Mills, in a nice Khaki shade, the jacket is stitched using the original weight thread on the correct period Heavy Duty Singer Industrial Sewing Machine. All new production is marked Harrison Equipment Company (HECo 1942) so that the markings are more in keeping with the original. We have also resized our replica from an original one to allow for the size and shape of modern re-enactors, and the Bandolier is available in 3 different sizes, and as of late 2011 the two most popular sizes of Large and Extra large are will be available form stock when work commitments allow, with the Medium sized jacket being made to special order ONLY.
The manufacture these in the following SIZES;
Medium(*) 32 - 36 inches
Large 36- 38 inches
Extra Large 38- 42 inches
(*)Our Medium sized vest is equivalent to the original WW2 large size, All Bren Skeleton Assault Vest are currently made to Order due to other production commitments, plus I normally hold a reserve stock for show orders and sales.
As Featured On Page 30 Of Issue No 332 of Militaria magazine**
(**Please note this item is accredited to Mark Simms but this is actually the above product, we don’t supply or act on behalf of that company or any associated with it)