By the Normandy invasion, the early white T-5 rigs had been replaced by the camouflage models for operational use. The common notion that a 50/50 mix of white and OD chutes were used is simply a myth. By late 1943, production of the first pattern harness style switched to the robust second pattern, identified by the extra web and stitching securing the reserve D-rings. By Normandy, approximately 70% of T-5 harnesses were of the double reinforced pattern. Although a handful of white static lines were still in use, the standard rig was equipped with OD webbing affixed to a 4th model snap fastener.
We offer both the first and second pattern harnesses affixed to the appropriate pack trays. The original hardware is correctly painted like the originals (colors vary between manufacturers), and original canvas is used in the pack. The pullout panel with its white or OD static line is equipped with the 4th model static line hook. Internally, the pack is complete with double layered construction, full reinforcements, suspension line retainers, and riser tabs. The harness chest strap, pack retaining webs, and riser tabs are hand tacked rigger-style just like the originals.
Standard Price: $1195 (Email us to order)
Second Pattern Assembly
First Pattern Assembly