M44 breadbag – Unreadable RBNr.
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: Pebbled blackened leather and smooth blackened leather.
Markings: Unreadable RBNr.
Hardware: Tinned steel, stamped steel buttons
Notes: This breadbag is made out of several batches of olive canvas showing a variety of colours combined. It is the so called M44 model which has a extra pouch on the inside for the RG34.