Product Description: This is an outstanding M31 Bread Bag with Strap. This was the standard soldier’s haversack, as issued to every German Army and Waffen-SS field soldier. This example has never been issued or used, and is in very nearly factory mint condition. The bag and strap are both made of a typical, midwar, fairly coarse olive canvas fabric. The metal fittings are steel, and the smooth black leather parts on the bag are factory hand sewn, as is typical. On the bag, the reverse of the belt hook is ink stamped with an illegible maker mark and 1942 date. All of the leather is complete and intact, with no signs of use. The metal hardware has extremely minor age patination. The strap has creases from long storage, but is complete and undamaged, with functional spring clips affixed to the rear D-rings on the bag. Unissued examples of the M31 Bread Bag with Strap have become much harder to find in recent years. This pristine example would be extremely difficult to upgrade.
Historical Description: Learning from their experiences and defeat in the previous war, Germany would develop new strategies for warfare. The result was a hard hitting, mobile warfare, which relied on speed and coordination. It would later be known as “Blitzkrieg”. This new style of warfare would require changes to be made from how the Generals conducted operations, down to the individual soldier’s equipment. As the Third Reich began rearming Germany during the 1930’s, due to the economic situation, much of the equipment and gear the fighting forces initially received would be from the First World War. This necessary reissuing of equipment combined with the revolutionary tactics being developed forced the German military to adapt their gear and equipment to these changes. As the German economy improved and more funding was available to the military, new equipment would be developed to replace the obsolete World War One equipment. The outbreak of World War Two pushed the development and issuing of new equipment to German soldiers to new levels. New designs and manufacturing techniques were developed. As the war progressed and fortunes changed, the German Third Reich was forced to cut production time, while continuing to develop better equipment. These changes to production, combined with newer designs, produced a vast array of equipment variants. Today these variants of equipment show proof of the drastic changes made by the German Military during World War 2.
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