Tropical breadbag – 1942
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.
Canvas: Tan canvas loops and tan rayon closure straps
Markings: unreadable maker but dated 1942
Hardware: Light gray painted steel D-rings
Notes: This is a textbook, early, tropical breadbag. Initially meant for use within the “Afrika Korps”.
Collection F. Suijkerbuijk
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