• General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The development of the Ammunition carrying Device known as The Bandolier, was first seen around the 16th Century. It developed along with early Firearms, such as The Matchlock. Harquebrusiers (the previously discussed Military Unit from the late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance Era), required the use of pre-made wooden tubes of gunpowder and shot. Using linen belts draped over their chest and back, these tubes were affixed to the belt by string and later metal hooks. This allowed the Soldier to have quick access to his ammunition and powder. Hence was born, The Bandolier. With time, more robust material such as reinforced leather was developed – which was made to hold specific ammunition. This was needed when a Person used multiple types of weapons, such as a pistol or rifle together. By the start of World War I, and the use of metal ammunition clips, Bandoliers were constructed to accommodate them as well. Rapid fire weapons, such as the Machine Gun, were well serviced by Bandolier “carrying” Gunners and Gunners Assistants. By World War II and later Wars, the use of Bandoliers with rapid fire weapons became a standard. In some cases, (often incorrectly identified), Machine Gunners would link the actual Belt Clipped ammunition around their torso and back, thus creating a disposable type of Bandolier. By Modern standards, few traditional Bandoliers are seen on the battlefield, due to more sophisticated weapons systems, but some variations are still seen.