Swiss backpack

Things a soldier would carry other than firearms, ammo, or uniforms. Meaning equipment such as ammo pouches, bayonets, holsters, oil cans, cleaning equipment, etc.

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Swiss backpack

Post by ArchFluffy » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:28 pm

I think this is called an M1944 pack but I have seen it listed as different things.

So here we go!

The fabric is referred to as "salt and pepper" due to its appearance.
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The top has a great big fabric flap but also a smaller two-piece leather one...
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that opens up to reveal a channel running down the spine of the pack. The non-milspec pillow is there to add some shape to the pack for pics.
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It comes right through to the bottom.
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It's for your rifle and ice ax.
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Re: Swiss backpack

Post by Niner » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:48 pm

Great post. Never thought about a pack with a slot to house a pick and a rifle. Guess those Swiss might have needed that pickaxe.
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Re: Swiss backpack

Post by DuncaninFrance » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:32 pm

Good one Arch. It would be interesting to compare it with other Alpine unites from France, Austria, Italy and Slovinia.....
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Re: Swiss backpack

Post by Niner Delta » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:58 pm

That's really cool, have never seen a backpack with a hole for your rifle.... :D

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Re: Swiss backpack

Post by Niner » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:07 pm

Niner Delta wrote: Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:58 pm That's really cool, have never seen a backpack with a hole for your rifle.... :D

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Swiss weren't worried about coming upon enemies all of a sudden so they could probably get away with that carry mode. Come to think of it I don't think they ever had any enemies while that rifle was an issue weapon.
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Re: Swiss backpack

Post by ArchFluffy » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:29 pm

Thanks, guys!

Yes, I believe the last time the Swiss were invaded was by Napoleon.

I don't really have much use for this kind of alpine gear here in Florida, but it's still fun.
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