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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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My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017
My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968
My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,
wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862,

died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

 

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Color may also, and more likely be, Pea Green...is the strap dated?

I should mention the strap has its own catalogue entry...#214.

In Memoriam

My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017
My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968
My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,
wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862,

died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

 

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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.

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Baystate Militaria sells these reprint Mills catalogues for a meager $5.00.

As you see, these come in handy...

In Memoriam

My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017
My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968
My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,
wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862,

died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

 

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

In Memoriam

My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017
My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968
My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,
wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862,

died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

 

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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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