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WWII lightweight mountain rucksack?


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Hawk-

What you have there is just the first model of the standard Mountain Rucksack, which was revised to the larger, familiar version in 1942; yours is missing the removable flap closure strap, but that's not uncommon with these, and that's a very clean pack :thumbsup: The flap stays put over the top center of the pack much better when it is hooked to the pouch than it does with the long strap, and numerous photos of this Rucksack in use by soldiers feature it rigged this way.

 

Here is an authoritative link on W.W.II Rucksacks:

 

http://www.mountaintroops.us/history_rucksack.html

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I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

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Agreed

 

I own a couple of the first model and both have the solid galvanized wire frame,zip pocket and padded shoulder straps.I have even seen the second model (the one we all comonly see) with a wire frame ocassionally.Dont know if you would call it a transitional or just the makers utilizeing parts on hand or a surplus store creation after the war.I have ran into a dozen or so over the years but never bought one.

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Nice 1st pattern there Steve! I'll concur with my esteemed colleagues. These rucks are considerably more difficult to find than the standard M1942 pattern.

In memory of 1LT Julius C. Goldman, XO of F/330th, 83rd Infantry Division 1944-45.

 

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Where is the maker and date ink stamp normally located on this pack? I have an identical style pack and cant find the ink stamps on it anywhere.

 

Bob

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Thanks again Robin. I have looked where you suggested on the pack and I see no trace of an ink stamp. I used natural light and magnification and cant even see a hint of the ink stamp. I guess this pack may have gotten out of the factory without being marked.

 

Bob

"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb, bastard die for his country" George Pattons speech to the Third Army.

 

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