A-frame – tropical – bdt 42
The A-frame or Gefechtsgepäck für Infanterie Schützenkompanien was a small canvas frame which was carried on the Y-strap. It was introduced in 1939. The A-frame was a way for soldiers to pack away their secondary necessities and to divide the weight more evenly on the equipment.
The A-frame carries the following items:
Messkit or M31 Kochgeschirr
Quarter shelter or M31 Zeltbahn
A-frame bag or Beutel zum Gefechtsgepäck
The A-frame bag or Beutel zum Gefechtsgepäck was used to carry a sweater, rifle cleaning kit and the Eiserne Portion.
The A-frame was made in a few varieties showing various ways of manufacture. Later in the war the bags where also made from recycled equipment.
Model: Tropical, full webbing construction
Markings: bdt 42
Maker: Salewa, Lederwarenfabrik G.m.b.H., München.
Sean Greene Collection