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Some WW2 Finnish Ammo Pouches...

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Some WW2 Finnish Ammo Pouches...

Postby fernleaf78 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:35 pm

First up - the most commonly used ammo pouch in Finnish service 1939-45. WW1 German manufacture delivered to Germany as aid during the Finnish Civil War of 1917-18. More were later bought from various nations (France, Italy etc.) who wanted rid of captured or reparated ex-German gear. This one was issued to the Finnish Civil Guard in 1921, and later ended up in Finnish Army stocks....

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Finnish made ammo pouch very similar to the WW1 German type. Made by Fritala Brothers in Oulu in 1928. This one has remnants of whitewash in the markings and pebbling.

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1935 Polish Mauser ammo pouches that were captured by the Germans in 1939, and later 'donated' to Finland.

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Early Continuation War (1941) Finnish rubberised canvas ammo pouch. In 1940 Finland received nearly 100,000 7.35x51mm M38 Carcano Short Rifles and million of rounds of ammo to suit. The ammo pouches already in use wouldn't accommodate the six round Carcano clips, so these were manufactured locally, and on the cheap.

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A web and leather ammo pouch. Not much is known about these - even among Finnish collectors. Probably an 'ersatz' variant.

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It can be quite hard being a Finnish militaria/rifle collector in NZ - there just isn't much to be found locally. All of these pouches have come from Europe or the US. The Polish pouch is highly sought after as any pre-1945 Polish gear - be it marked to other countries or not - is real hard to come by.
Always looking for Finnish WW2 rifles and militaria....
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Re: Some WW2 Finnish Ammo Pouches...

Postby fernleaf78 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:20 pm

Here's a First World War Imperial Russian M1893 ammo pouch used in Finnish Service from 1918 up into The Winter and Continuation Wars.

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Re: Some WW2 Finnish Ammo Pouches...

Postby fernleaf78 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:24 pm

During The Continuation War there was a shortage of leather in Finland for making equipment such as ammo pouiches, so three companies started producing canvas bandoliers, here is one style using laces.

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