M31 Breadbag – Captured materials

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: Dark 0live
Leather: Untanned on the front and green leather (captured Italian leather) inside
Markings: –
Year: –

Hardware: Silver painted steel, stamped steel buttons
Notes: This breadbag is made out of burlap material you can actually see through, stitched together with dark blue thread. The leather on the inside is from captured Italian stocks and the hardware is most probably from paramilitary or political stocks.