Second World War period British airborne forces kitbag. Developed in 1943, the airborne kit bag was designed to carry a paratrooper's personal weapon and individual equipment, however loads largely depended on the commander's discretion. Weighing in as much as 100lbs, the bag was designed to be strapped to the soldier's right leg, by means of two sets of canvas straps secured by metal quick-release friction buckles (one strap placed at the lower knee and one at the upper ankle). The base of the bag was heavily padded and there was 'cut-in' to accommodate the boot for a closer fit. With the facility to release the bag before landing by the quick-release straps, the soldier could jettison the bag but maintain connected to it by a length of rope.
Kit bag large canvas kit bag with padded base and canvas web leg straps.