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1 Lethern, Albert A[Lexander] The Development of the Mills Woven Cartridge Belt 1877-1956.
Eugene, OR R. Stephen Dorsey, Antique Militaria ca 1990 Reprint Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
72 pages, well illustrated, yellow stapled wrappers, very good. From the foreword by William P. Wise: "Strange to say, while many Companies have specialized in the manufacture of guns, ammunition, and other articles of a military nature, only one firm, The Mills Equipment Company Limited has pioneered and developed the woven cartridge belt and other kindred articles of the soldier's equipment. It is an interesting tale, and I know of no one better qualified to tell the story than Mr. Albert A. Lethern, O. B. E. , the Managing Director of the Company. Mr. Lethern has been associated with the Company from its beginning, and more than anyone else his ability and inventive skill have contributed to the development of the Company's products. " From the Karkeeweb website devoted to British and Empire Accoutrements and Personal Equipment, 1903-1940: "This thin volume is not only the sole account of the history of the British Web Equipment Industry written by a first hand observer, but it is arguably THE most important work on the history of British and Empire Web Equipment. Albert Alexander Lethern was "on the scene" when the Mills Equipment Company, Ltd. , (M. E. Co. ) was founded on 1st October, 1906. Just months before, in April of 1906, he began his career as a junior in its predecessor company, the Mills Woven Cartridge Belt Company of London, England. Still only a youth, Lethern had a hand in the most important Company designs right from the first. He recalled the excitement in the firm caused by the imminent arrival of Major Arnold Burrowes in July, 1906, and was involved in the intense design effort that followed. Although his name does not appear on the original British patent for the Mills-Burrowes Infantry Equipment (which would become the Web Equipment, Pattern 1908 - the single most important design in the history of personal military equipment) , Mr. Lethern was listed as a witness in the equivalent U. S. Patent, No. 874,945, approved 31st December 1907. He would go on to contribute to just about every design that M. E. Co. Produced; would file twenty-six British patents, eleven Design Registrations, and ninety-seven foreign patents; and would eventually rise to become Managing Director of the Company. Written on the occasion of M. E. Co. ís Golden Jubilee, The Development of the Mills Woven Cartridge Belt 1877-1956 is a short but fascinating history of the British Mills Company and, to a large extent, of the history of British webbing of the 20th Century. Coupled with the facts, many of which are available nowhere else, there are tantalizing hints of history not related Ė for me at least, this book needs to be ten times as long as it is. Ļ The photographs, and there are many, are invaluable to the student of British web equipment. There are occasions when Mr. Lethernís recollections donít square up exactly to the historical evidence, but that is certainly excusable in a brief retelling of an old manís memories of a long and successful career. "; 72 pages 
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