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This is a cool rig. Starting with the matching belt and buckle. Both are made by Berg & Nolte and dated 1941. The belt is in excellent condition and is marked in ink inside with the soldier’s name; “R. Kebler”. The leather is supple and the black exterior finish is perfect with no flaking or crazing. The maker’s mark “Berg and Nolte 1941 is clear and legible on the belt buckle strap.
The buckle is stamped steel and has about 80% of the original OD green finish on the exterior with no dents or cracks. The buckle interior retains about 95% of the original paint. The buckle is clearly marked “B&N 41” on the interior. For an issued MATCHED belt and buckle, this set remains in fantastic condition.
The combat Y Straps are in fine condition with the exception of one repair to the interior of one of the small trouser straps (see photo) . It is not visible on the exterior of the strap. The maker mark is visible but worn, with “Berlin” legible and the date of 1942 beneath it. I cannot make out the entire maker’s name stamped above “Berlin” but some of the letters are very legible (It appears to start with “H”) and with some research I am sure the maker could be determined. All leather is supple and, except for the one crack in one side of the small strap, is in fine condition.
Both K98 ammo pouches are original, in excellent condition and clearly stamped. One is dated 1941 and one is 1940. Makers marks are visible in the attached photos.
This is 100% original, great example of a German WW2 infantry soldier’s belt, suspenders and rifle ammo pouch rig as it would have been worn in combat around 1941. Original German WW2 equipment is getting hard to find with lots of reproductions on the market. This rig is an excellent investment and priced very fairly compared to individual component costs.