Rifle Pouches (Patronentaschen)

The infantryman normally carried two pouches (each of three compartments) worn on the belt either side of the buckle. These carried 60 rounds of 7.92x57mm ammunition on five round ‘stripper’ clips. The back of these pouches also had metal rings that could be attached to the ‘Y’ straps if worn.

The closure tabs on later war pouches were riveted instead of stitched on.