Signal’s Satchel

The Second World War saw the first man portable radios, with the British adopting the WS18 set and WS38 set amongst many others. Despite being small enough to carry, these radio sets were still heavy and bulky and need to have extra accessories carried separately. Items like headsets, microphones, spare valves and junction boxes were held in a separate signals satchel, a simple shoulder bag and strap made of the ubiquitous pre-shrunk cotton webbing:imageThe bag is secured with a single buckle and strap:imageInterestingly the fittings on this bag are a very white shade of brass. The flap covering the bag has sides and a front to it, offering more protection than a simple piece of cloth:imageA faint stores number can be seen printed on the front of the satchel:imageThe strap passes through two metal loops, one at each side, and the length is adjusted by a pair of toothless Twigg buckles:imageThe inside of the satchel is lined with cotton drill to protect the contents:imageThis cotton is also passed over the ends of the bag for reinforcement, note how it has frayed where the wire from the junction box to the radio set has rubbed:imageThe strap has another stores number printed on and a /|\ mark:imageIn this period image the signals satchel is clearly visible hanging down:42d91198ed805a00281b2b97c47ff88dInterestingly my bag is made of a dark green webbing rather than tan and I think it is probably post war rather than of wartime manufacture, these bags being used for other purposes long after the original wireless sets had been withdrawn.

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