I believe reading somewhere (perhaps on the other collecting forum) that these bags were not produced in time to make it to France prior to the armistice, or simply were not sent overseas. I am not sure when they were used. Also it appears that this bag was designed to be worn on the cartridge belt, like the haversacks as you mentioned, this is also evident by the use of the open hooks, rather than "D" rings, etc (if a shoulder strap was the only intended method of suspension). The other detail I recall is that the web shoulder straps were added by the surplus industry to make the bags more saleable to the general public. Although it would certainly be possible for any service member issued this bag to have modified it by adding a shoulder strap. I suppose it would not have been the first time a soldier altered/adjusted his eqiupment to suit his needs.
I am sure there are others here that can either clarify or add more details to the above thoughts.
$32 appears to be a good price. I paid more for the one I have.
Edited by Russell 1910, 11 April 2007 - 04:13 PM.