M31 Breadbag – Waffen SS – SS 348/38 RZM
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.
Leather: Gray painted leather
Markings: SS 348/38 RZM and a RZM cloth label
Notes: This Breadbag was made especially for the Waffen-SS between 1937 and 1940 since in that time the Waffen-SS did not have the luxury of being supplied by the army. Breadbags like these are rare and came with slings marked in the same way. Next to this there is a VA and SS-VA marked variant.