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Original German WWII Rare Tropical Afrikakorps DAK Canvas Web Bayonet Frog

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Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very rare totally genuine excellent condition WWII Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK) tropical canvas web bayonet frog (Seitengewehrtragetasche). These are very hard to find, and usually are in very poor condition, while this one shows only light use and some minor staining on the inside of the scabbard loop.

The leather normally used for these items proved to be a poor match for the hot climate in Africa, so the bayonet frogs and other field gear were switched to thick web construction. It has the correct stitch reinforced frog button and securing strap slot, and some of the stitching is frayed as shown. It is in fair condition overall and will fit well with a bayonet. Measures 8 1/2" long.

Overall a fantastic example of a very rare bayonet frog from the Deutsches Afrikakorps, DAK!

History of the German Africa Corps

The Afrika Korps or German Africa Corps (German: Deutsches Afrikakorps, DAK) was the German expeditionary force in Africa during the North African Campaign of World War II. First sent as a holding force to shore up the Italian defense of their African colonies, the formation fought on in Africa, under various appellations, from March 1941 until its surrender in May 1943. The unit's best known commander was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

The dry climate of Africa proved to be an issue with much of the standard leather field gear that the German Army usually used. It would dry out and crack quickly, and become unusable. To deal with this, the standard field gear such as belts, Y-straps, A-frames, bayonet frogs, and other items, were issued in special tropical web versions.

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