L005981 M31 BREAD BAG. (Brotbeutel 31)

BACKGROUND: The standard issue M31 haversack, commonly referred to as the "bread bag", was based on the M1887 haversack and was adopted by the Wehrmacht as well as a wide variety of uniformed and non-uniformed political and paramilitary organizations in 1931. The main variation in bread bags used by political and para-military personnel as opposed to Wehrmacht personnel was the color. The bread bag was designed to carry rations, eating utensils and other assorted personal items. The M31 bread bag was originally issued with a removable carrying strap although regulations dictated that the bread bag was to be worn suspended from the equipment belt. This resulted in the bread bag carrying strap seldom being used for its original purpose though it was utilized for a wide variety of improvised functions. Production of the bread bag carrying straps was discontinued sometime during the war.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: WW2 German Luftwaffe Bread Bag Scarce Variant. Made from the same heavy ordnance blue-grey canvas as used for magazine pouches and breech covers. These are usually found in a lighter-weight canvas construction. This is a very heavy-duty bag, clearly made for front line and combat troops. Excellent condition, with man's name tag hand-sewn inside, faint maker mark.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $215.00

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