This page provides some information on the personal equipment used by machine gunners. It is not intended to provide technical information on the equipment but more about how they were used and worn by the Machine Gunners themselves.
Technical and historic information on webbing can be found on Karkee Web.
1944 Pattern Equipment
Introduced particularly for fighting in tropical climates, the 1944 Pattern equipment was green lightweight webbing, much finer than the 1937 Pattern that it replaced in those areas. It saw extremely limited use towards the end of the Second World War, with evidence showing it was only distributed in North West Europe to some of the occupation troops arranging to take the surrender of the German troops as well as some of the airborne troops in the Mediterranean (these were all units that had been intended to go to the Far East but were dispatched.
It remained in service throughout the 1950s and 1960s and it was used alongside the 1958 Pattern webbing after that entered service; however, mainly in the Far East and Middle East where a lighter-weight equipment was needed. It also included the General Service Manpack within the equipment.
More information is available in the 1946 manual on the 1944 Pattern Equipment.