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Rucksack History

Post  CRIMSON SPEARHEAD on Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:45 pm

The Rucksack story...
A mountain soldier could not fit all of his gear into the M-1928 haversack, the Army’s standard backpack at the beginning of World War II. Even if he could, the haversack carried the weight high on his back and it shifted side to side, throwing him off balance while skiing or climbing. Thus, the Army needed something more practical for their new mountain soldiers.

U.S. Army Specification File No. 2971, July 7, 1941
U.S. Army developed and adopted its first rucksack during the summer of 1941. The canvas duck sack was mounted on a steel wire or rattan frame that supported the load and held it off the soldier's back. Three pockets on the outside of the bag carried extra gear. Heavy felt pads on both the back support and the shoulder straps eased the burden. Brass snap hooks closed the two side pockets and the cover flap. The 1941 pattern rucksacks were made during late 1941 and into early 1942. Most rucksacks are stamped “1941,” although some made by Powers Company can be found stamped "1942." Being based on a typical commercial rucksack, this first army rucksack was poorly suited for military use. The National Ski Association's Winter Equipment Committee reviewed the rucksack at the War Department's request and suggested twelve improvements that the QMC then incorporated into the next generation rucksack. With the adoption of the Specification J.Q.D. 88 rucksack, the Army withdrew the 1941 pattern from service. Because the two patterns never overlapped within the supply system, they were never known as the M-1941 or M-1942 version. Its official name was always just "Rucksack."


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Re: Rucksack History

Post  forcemanchris on Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:48 pm

Troops board the ship on their journey to Kiska
Does anyone know what ship it was.
Not sure but is that british rank stripes on the third man from the right


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Post  forcemanchris on Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:27 pm

Don't know if you have seen this site Phil, looks good,
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