have indicated, the free ends of the suspenders (both front and rear) form the
attachment points for the water bottle (right side) and the small pack (left
side.) But you must have the correct length of suspenders (they were made in
3 different lengths, as I recall) - i.e. sufficiently long to be fed completely
through the pouch assembly (whether 'basic' pouches, 'small arms ammunition'
pouches, or whatever...) in front, leaving "tail ends" about as long as those
in the back. Since
a "picture is worth a thousand words" (supposedly) please see my attached "6000-word"
pictorial disseration on the mysteries of Pattern 1937 Web Equipment. I have
left the images quite large, to hopefully retain sufficient clarity and detail
to be of some use, so don't forget to scan right, especially to get the image
depicting attachment of the E-tool, at top right. Sorry
about the quality of the first (top left) photo, showing the assembled harness
with basic pouches to illustrate my point about the "tails". It comes from my
original 1940 Canadian reprint of the 1939 British manual "The Pattern 1937
Web Equipment", and actually represents about the best quality of the rather
grainy, poor-contrast photo illustrations in the manual! (I intend to reproduce
this rather rare manual for the collector and reenactor market, by the way,
but the poor quality of the photo-illustrations in the original is causing me
some problems.) The
rest of the pictures are scanned from "Tangled Web: Canadian Infantry Accoutrements,
1855 - 1985", a very detailed and valuable reference, quite useful to Commonwealth
reenactors generally, at least up to and including WWII, since the primary patterns
of Canadian Infantry Equipment were pretty well identical to the British patterns
until the 1950's. Another pretty good source of photos, showing various "orders"
of P37 gear being worn, is Mike Dorosh's "Canuck". ("Tangled Web" can be obtained
on-line from Clive Law's "Service Publications" - SEE LINK below pictures ...
I think "Canuck" is out of print, but often shows up on e-Bay, and may also
be available through Amazon and similar on-line booksellers.) Hope