i have find this "wicker pannier" in top condition, directly find in BAVENT in Normandie. I think it was used for the british airborne but i have no idea about this model and what is the content ? there is a stamp on the web H.Q.S. or H.Q.5, a date 1940 with the made J.COLLINS & SON LTD LONDON. Thanks very much for your help !!! best regards.
These were issued to many army units. I was the Curator of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Museum and Archives for many years and they have one which had been used by our unit's headquarters in Italy and Holland in WWII. It too has the canvas rain resistant top cover. A handy, portable, light but durable container.
I have one in my collection that is without a top canvas cover.
The airborne wicker panniers tended to be expandable (rather than hinged fixed size like this one), like the WWII British mess tins where the bottom nestles inside the top. The straps allowed it to be compacted (save space) or expanded as needed.
You have a nice find but it is not necessarily airborne.