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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 15:13 pm 
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The REME Museum needs help identifying this item. Carried by an Airborne REME soldier in 1944, but no-one seems to know what it is.
Don't ask for more details - the pic is all I've got.
Any thoughts...?


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If it's a bit on the stiff side (i.e: not flexible like string) then my prime guess would be:

That it's a roll of rattan, used to make and repair joints of wicker items...

...wicker panniers perhaps?
Being airborne, they'd be coming into contact with forces relying on wicker panniers for their equipment resupply/transport.
And being REME, they're the chaps to fix bits of equipment things in the field!

Random video of rattan strip in use:
https://youtu.be/By2OHupAdJM?t=3m


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I had come to the same conclusion - apparently it is natural material and not leather.
Also useful for fixing vehicle seats and the like perhaps.
I guess if you've got someone on your team who can weave cane, you may as well have him take some along.

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Yeah, certainly doesn't look like leather thong to me - from the colour, the crisp edge and the dark brown woody imperfections seen in some areas made me think it was rattan strip.


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Someone else suggested mine tape - but I don't buy that.
Doesn't look like any mine tape I ever saw and I can't see mine tape being a REME requisite anyway.

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laboisselle wrote:
Someone else suggested mine tape - but I don't buy that.
Doesn't look like any mine tape I ever saw and I can't see mine tape being a REME requisite anyway.


Indeed. Looks nothing like.
I've two rolls of period British 'mine tape'* and the only similarities that I can state are:

1). It's wound on a tubular roll (albeit a tubular roll of different proportions).

I could see 'mine tape'* being in use with the REME, as it was also issued for "making-good" (waterproofing, etc...) spliced joints in electric cables.



*(WW2 era stuff officially called Tape, Insulating, 3/4")


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