Belt, Rifle Ammunition Pouches and Bayonet Scabbard: Argentine
Brown leather belt fitted with open brass single-prong buckle, having two leather rifle magazine ammunition pouches attached (one of green, one of brown leather), and bayonet frog of brown leather that is complete with its plastic bayonet scabbard (no bayonet).
This Arentine rifleman's equipment is associated with Corporal Neil Maher who served as a signals specialist with 656 Squadron, Army Air Corps. Landing initially at San Carlos Water, he was later air-lifted to Fitzroy and witnessed the Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram being bombed (8th June), assigned to 5 Brigade. When later transported by helicopter
to the Sir Tristram he set up communications between the remaining crew of that vessel and the shore. Following the surrender of the Argentines he was assigned to Stanley to set up communications with Brigade HQ which was still operating in the field from Fitzroy.
The Argentine leather equipment was given to Cpl Maher by Major Keeble (2 Para), taken
during the Battle of Goose Green, and given to him at the command post, just prior to the
battles in the hills around Stanley.