Hello to you all, I was for a long time away for my work so I did not had the chance to write an answer here. I'll start from the beginning. ED, I respect your efforts towards rechearching and your own knowledge about Canadian military items, but it is not when you say some thing that they al always right, You can also make mistakes, just like everyone else. Just form your replies otherwise. they coming over very aggressive to me (IMO). Just give us to chance to prove thing or let 'mysteries' open... But don't decide something IS true or NOT, just by your meaning. But besides that, I repsect your knowledge. As my '2ndhand story', I had contact with the original owner of the jerkin. His father lived on a farm in Holland near Utrecht in the war-time period. he was only 14years old when they where liberated. after the war in 1945 there where a lot of troops staying in Holland. The little kid started to collect some small military items (badges, titles and some equipment). As the troops came by he exchanged some dutch pre-war items for Canadian ones. as so he got the jerkin. as many years gone by the box with all the items remains and his son did not look at it. 12years ago, a collector friend of me saw some titles for sale on the internet. He contacted the man and agreed for a certain price. when he bought it he asked the man if he had some other stuff still remaining. The man brought up that box with some equipment etc... and also the jerkin in it. U can think this is a 2ndhand story, but this is what it is. nothing more like that. and here in Belgium and Holland there are still a lot of thing in sheds, attics, basements etc... somethimes it is to crazy for words!
The modification; why would someone use this jerkin for Hunting in the 70's? I think there where a lot of other equip-vest or other 'bandoliers' for hunters in that time. why use a vest that is 30years old? If that is the thruth how did the man came to 8 anklet straps and 2 small pack straps?? Was every villager owning a bunch of Canadian equipment in that time? Unless he was a collector, but why would a collector change those items to a jerkin that is already a special items. IMO this was done war-time. there where a lot of things modificated, and not always they had a positive effect. But still I do not believe this was done post-war. and once again, everyone has his own meaning about those things. I really like my example, because it shows wear and it's one of a kind. Sometimes you have to look outside of the book. I'll try to do my best and look up for that picture. Give me some time :-)