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#1 beerdragon54

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 12:56 PM

Just got this and was wondering what the heck it is. Strap is marked Mills as well.Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image


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Posted 29 November 2019 - 03:39 PM

Good day,
I believe what you have is the Mills Army Haversack, catalogue number 240.
If so, this features the rare canteen-haversack strap; similar to the 1909 suspenders.
Probably why the strap is olive drab in color.

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 08:47 PM

Color may also, and more likely be, Pea Green...is the strap dated?
I should mention the strap has its own catalogue entry...#214.

#4 beerdragon54

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Posted 30 November 2019 - 05:42 AM

Thanks Trenchrat. I think I better add a book on Mills equipment to my Christmas list. Strap wasn’t dated. It is more of a pea green color. Sounds like my $40 wasn’t wasted.


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Posted 30 November 2019 - 09:13 AM

It strongly resembles the small pack used with the British P08 equipment which I believe was manufactured by Mills. It lacks the buckles on the ends of the po8 pack and the straps on the back side and is clearly NOT a P08. I am inclined to agree with the suggestion above that it is a military pack offered by Mills not adopted by the American army but available for private purchase.



#6 TrenchRat

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Posted 30 November 2019 - 10:16 AM

Baystate Militaria sells these reprint Mills catalogues for a meager $5.00.
As you see, these come in handy...

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 01:42 PM

I did find this on the sling buckle that I had missed.Posted Image


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 05:31 AM

You made a great deal for 40 dollars ...Im jealous, lol...

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:00 PM

Just to re-iterate what Glenn [USMF Trenchrat] had previously posted:

This is a combination of two items found in Mills' catalogs.  
The bag is listed as the item №240: Mills Army Haversack; the
strap as item №214 Mills Canteen Haversack Strap.

The fact that these haversacks are found in small numbers is
an indication that these were never adopted for use by the
QMD; however, their commercial strap was identical to the canteen-
haversack strap, model of 1910 (for Philippine Scouts)
.  
It conforms to the drawing produced by Rock Island Arsenal
(Mar. 12th, 1915)

Although not adopted for regular army, these items were available
for purchase by State Guards, and for personal purchase.
 

 

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:00 PM

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:02 PM

My haversack is service marked on the exterior flap to:

Co.E
12th REGT
MSG


Which could be any of the (listed below) State Guards

Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota
Mississippi, Missouri, Montana


On the interior of the flap it is marked Mills July 1917

 

 

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:03 PM

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:04 PM

Sling marking (no date)

 

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:13 PM

Thank you all very much


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