Engineer Equipment

Small Box Girder Bridge

Folding Boat Equipment

Bailey Bridge


Load Bearing Equipment

1903 Pattern Equipment
►Oliver Pattern

►1908 Pattern Web Equipment
1937 Pattern Web Equipment

1942 Battle Jerkin

1951 Pattern

►1964 Pattern

1982 Pattern

 Personal Kit

Edged Tools
Kit Bag
Polishing, Washing & Shaving


Sewing Kit
Weapon Cleaning Kits

Protective Gear

►MRC Body Armour

Specialist Clothing

Tank Crew Suits


Personal Kit - Second World War

The Canadian soldier carried a great deal of equipment into battle with him; he also carried a fair amount of personal items.  This section will focus on those things actually carried in his pockets or worn on his person.  At bottom are some links to other pages dealing with other personal items he would have carried in his haversack or pouches.

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Reconstruction showing personal kit in use in the Second World War. Enamel mugs were usually white or brown; here a German folding field stove is in use at left, and the first pattern Canadian stove at right (see also the page on rations).  A ration bag has been used to store tea supplies in.  Note the wristwatch; by the Second World War wrist watches were quite common, either with leather or metal wrist bands.  Period watches did not have a date feature as on later period watches.

Tea was a very common beverage among the British, and subsequently, the Canadian, Army.

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ROLEX was a popular brand name even in the 1940s.  This watch, an expensive item in its day, was purchased for a soldier about to go overseas and presented as a gift by his parents.

Artifact courtesy The Calgary Highlanders Museum.

gaswallet.jpg (48411 bytes) Waterproof wallets were made from the same rubberized material as the Anti-Gas cape (in both green, and also green/brown camouflage), and were often used to carry personal papers, maps, orders, and other items of that nature. In September 1942, the wallet was officially discontinued to preserve materials but existing stocks were issued out and unit reserves were ordered drawn on to keep up a supply for as long as possible.

Artifact and photo courtesy Gary Balke. 1999-present