17th (Northern) Division
Infantry equipment

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New Army units were issued with Pattern 14 leather equipment which was roughly based on the old Slade Wallace sets that were brought in as a stop gap mesure as there were not enough 08 webbing sets to go around. The leather equipment proved unpopular with the men, for one it was not as comfortable as the webbing sets and it also singled them out as New Army men. Webbing abandoned on the battlefields or picked up near dressing stations were often recovered by men who happily ditched the cumbersome leather sets.


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