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WWII US Army Mountain Troop Backpack -

This is a US Army field gear item. As issued during World War two. The backpacks that were employed by the US armed forces at the beginning of the war were less than adequate. The primary pack was the haversack , which was designed during WWI. it was cumbersome to use and did not hold enough cargo.

A new design was developed for the fighting men in the European mountains. Known as the "mountain backpack', the design consisted of a large main cargo area with three smaller pockects built to the front and sides. Of khaki canvis construction. The pack is supported by a metal frame. It has a large flap that secured the main cargo area. The inside of the flap has a smaller pocket where paper items, such as maps, could be secured. The flap is also where the black ink stamps are placed with the date of manufacture and the name of the company that produced it.

This backpack design was far superior than the haversack. It also inspired the development of the ALICE pack , which was used during the Vietnam war.

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The main body of the US mountain backpack is attached to the metal frame by looping the straps at certain locations. The main means of securing the body comes from a leather section sewn to the top of the pack. The metal frame inserts into this section. A metal snap is then engaged to ensure the pack is held in place.

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The backpack may contain a series of markings stamped with black ink in multiple places. The inside of the main flap displays the name of the manufacturer and the date of production (Simmons Company 1942). It is possible to have backpacks that do not display any markings.

A name has been written with pen just below the markings. This may have been done after the war.

This WWII US military collectible may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

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Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $30.00 $40.00 $50.00 $75.00 $90.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B B B

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