M31 breadbag – Briel Frankfurt A. M.

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: Olive
Leather: Untanned brown leather
Markings: Briel Frankfurt A. M. (Am Main)
Between 1943-1944
Hardware: Blue gray painted steel D-rings.
Notes: This breadbag is notable for the seemingly untanned leather. When one inspects the leather parts one can observe that the leather is simply sewn on inside out as the backside of all the leather parts are tanned black.

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