These surplus Austrian leather load bearing suspenders with padding are dead ringers for the German load bearing suspenders Save your originals (and your shoulders) and wear these in the field instead.
While I purchased the lot as being “WWII era”, I expect that most of them are cold war left overs. Do NOT expect yours to be wartime dated.
Note – with all “wartime style” and “post war” surplus, we recommend that you check with your unit commander about authenticity requirements.
In German during April of 1939, new straps for hanging equipment were adopted. They consisted of 2 adjustable straps and represented the central elements of all marching equipment, the assault pack and the cartridge belts. The design of these Y Suspenders / Straps, Tragegestell, did not change much during the war, but the materials used to make them were shifted to artificial cotton and ultimately synthetic leather (“Stoff”). reference: The “Deutsch Soldaten – Uniforms, Equipment & Personal items of the German Soldier 1939-45”, page 131