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Today, 31 January 2018, is the 110th anniversary of the official adoption of Web Equipment, Pattern 1908, via List of Changes §14288. Karkee Web wasn't around (not quite, although Rog and John, thanks to an introduction by Tom Ready, were already discussing it!) on 31st January 2008, Patt. 08's 100th anniversary, so we wanted to make sure we mention this important date today. What's more, just one hundred ten years ago yesterday, W.E. Patt. '08 was presented to the King. We are still looking for photographs of that event - they MUST exist somewhere! Readers?

As we have said many times in the past, W.E. Pattern 1908 is without question both the first modern infantry equipment AND the most important infantry equipment of the 20th century. It influenced, directly or indirectly, everything that came later, and introduced both ergonomics and modular design to not only military equipment but industrial design in general, years before those terms even existed. And, truth to tell, without it, Karkee Web probably wouldn't exist either. Even now, we are awe-struck by the sheer determination William Wise exhibited in overcoming the prejudice and inertia of the War Office to get web equipment accepted. We are profoundly grateful that he succeeded. Someday, we hope to be able to tell more of that story.

Happy Anniversary!

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