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M31 Rucksack
M31 Rucksack

: $99.99

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Product Description

New, imported version of the German M31 Rucksack, made with our patterns. These are made with heavy linen canvas, black leather fittings, khaki inside pocket, zinc grommets, and RB number markings. These are not the fruity repros made with bronze grommets, purple shoulder straps and nylon drawcords you can find elsewhere.

German troops were initially issued Tornister (fur flap) packs in basic training. Later in the War, that overly complex pack began to be replaced by a larger, more practical model- the M31. Based on the M31 Mountain Pack, this rucksack was designed to be attached to the Y-straps. It's design is simple yet effective- one large compartment, with an internal pocket and 2 outer pockets. D-rings and loops are provided on the outside to attach other equipment.

We include a pair of web or leather shoulder straps- even though these were designed to be worn with the Y-straps. They may be deleted for a credit.


Shoulder Straps: These packs were designed to be worn with the Y-straps- there were no purpose made factory shoulder straps. However, the troops in the field often had other ideas and innumerable variations of "field made" shoulder straps were made by unit cobblers and repair shops. These ran the gamut from converted Y-straps (web or leather), semi-professional looking creations made from any and every type of webbing available, to truly improvised "things". We offer web or leather variations, both copied from samples found attached to original rucksacks. Below are some of the authentic examples we've encountered over the years.

Exclusively an ATF product: These M31 Rucksacks are exclusive to ATF. There are other companies that offer reproduction German rucksacks, but they are not the same product.

Washing Instructions: DO NOT WASH RUCKSACKS! If it gets muddy, spray it off with a hose or let the mud dry and then brush it off. If you use a washer or God forbid a dryer- the leather parts will fossilize and shrivel.

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