Things like this always create a dilemma for us. For sake of identification, we have named these "first pattern" suspenders. Why "first pattern"? Simply for lack of a better term. The ones I have owned all are dated 1942...so that's the best we can do. These are a production variation. Aside from that, they have no special meaning or application. These are for those of you who like to be a bit different from the rest of the crowd. If your unit has to have a seminar to debate the authenticity of these, find a new unit. They're a gaggle of hens who haven't a clue what they are talking about.
Anyway, this style of combat suspender differs from the "Standard" (or more common) style in two ways. First, these use Type II A (coarser) webbing for the shoulder straps instead of the ribbed Type IIB. Second, instead of using a riveted bracket with the loop and D-ring incorporated in it to attach the shoulder straps to the front carrying straps, this style uses a rectangular loop and a piece of 5/8" webbing. As the bracket requires less labor time to install, we suspect that these are an earlier pattern. Or, it may simply have been a permissible option for factories lacking the other hardware. Make sense?
What are these correct for??? Did paratroopers wear them??? Everyone and yes. These were issued concurrently with the "Standard" pattern suspenders. They were not "meant" for anyone in particular. I like making variations for a change of pace, but the panic stricken minions usually cause me to regret this decision...
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Suspender Panic:Above is a comparison photo illustrating the differences in the two styles of M1936 Suspenders we now offer. It's simply a matter of hardware and webbing weave. There is no secret meaning or application to either of them. Years ago, I noticed these variations amongst my originals. What we have named "First Pattern" seems to account for about 10% of the suspenders I've found. Anyway, as these were usually dated '41 or '42, the name "First Pattern" was the best option. These were issued throughout the War and are just as correct for your "Torch Landing" impression as it would be for your Okinawa outfit. Pick the one that floats your boat. If you don't specify, we'll default to the Standard Pattern.