M31 breadbag – F.W. Rostenthum 1934

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: Gray tanned leather
Markings: F.W. Rosentum  1934
Year: 1934
Hardware: Aluminium D-rings and buttons
Notes: This is the earliest M31 breadbag I’ve encountered so far. It is made in the Reichswehr period is of the early design with leather reinforcements to the carrying loops and aluminium hardware. Also the gray tanned leather is textbook for this early model. On the inside of the flap a “D” is stamped.

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