Despite having collected for 30 odd years I have never really worked out what the panel is used for that is under the left arm on the 41 pattern Mae west, or how it is used in conjunction with the dye marker pack. Can anyone enlighten me?
The panel on the vest is so made that I can't see how anything is held in it. Also, the dye marker is quite a small pack, so do they go together?
Hi - is this what you're looking for? The dye pack has 2 'tabs' at the opening end. One is sewn onto the mae west itself and the other is attached to the inside pointed end of the pocket flap. The flap is then sewn down to form a pouch around the pack. When you pull open the pocket flap - the dye pack is peeled open releasing the fluorescein. Picture courtesy of David Farnsworth.