Breadbag – Converted Dutch M.16 breadbag

The breadbag or “m31 Brotbeutel” was one of the most integral parts in the individual Wehrmacht soldiers equipment. It contained mainly ration items and next to that it held the canteen and the messkit. It is a single compartment equipment sack and it closes with leather straps and buttons. The early versions have mostly aluminium hardware and leather reinforcements on the carrying loops. As the war progressed “luxurious” details like this where omitted. A lot of variations exist and one could easily start a specialized collection with breadbags only.

Colour: Gray
Leather: Chrome dyed leather on the closing straps, loops and D-ring attachments black tanned leather.
Markings: v. D. HORST, LEIDEN
Year: Prewar
Hardware: Steel D-rings and brass buttons
Notes: This prewar Dutch broodzak M.16 was captured by the Germans in 1940 and converted for German use. The Germans added D-rings and loops for the Canteen and messkit on the front. On the back they added two smaller D-rings for the breadbag strap.

J. Zegelaar Collection