The Y-straps for all Luftwaffe troops during ww2 was the lightweight variant, made from dyed chocolate brown top quality leather. Copied from a pre-war original Luftwaffe Y-straps, our model features aluminium front and back hooks, hand stitching using leather thread and leather made to the same thickness and cut.
To better cater to modern-day reenactors, we are offering the y-straps in 2 variants. Standard-length y-straps are meant for reenactors up to 6 feet (approx 182cm), and the longer variant, gives an additional 6cm longer than the standard.
This model was a derivative of the ww1 german y-straps. The same cut was used by the Heer cavalry (in natural colour), the Luftwaffe (originally in chocolate brown leather, and later in Black dyed leather), and also the Kriegsmarine (used both brown and black leather). Later in the war, the Luftwaffe had restricted the use of these y-straps to Fallschirmjager and field divisions only.