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WWII US Army Mussette Bag -
The M-1936 Mussette bag was used as a general purpose carrying device. The pack was issued with a long strap. It could be carried as a tote bag. Of canvas construction. Two straps were employed to secure the flap shut. The back had a thin storage compartment for carrying paper items (maps, manuals, letters, etc.). A metal, round button would secure the back shut. The bag was issued in all theater of the war and was employed by all branches.

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The M-1936 bag was introduced by the army in 1936. The bag was basically a copy of the British officer's musette bag used during WWI. The main difference is that te American version was worn by attaching to cotton suspenders or by hanging from the shoulder by using a single strap.
The M-1936 suspenders connect with the M-1936 musette bag and the pistol/cartridge belt. The combination allows the soldier to wear the bag as a backpack.

The bag was used to carry rations, mess gear and other essential items for the soldier. It was felt that a larger pack was not needed because additional items could be carried in a vehicle.

The musette bag was also seen attached to the rear sides of a jeep. The web straps were passed through metal loop welded to the jeep.

The pack is dated and manufacturer marked. The markings were applied to the fabric using a stencil and black ink. In general the musette bags are starting to get difficult to find. Most of them were worned out because people continued to use them in the civilian world well after the war.

Some of the known manufacturers of the M-1936 musette bag include:

  • Atlantic Products Corp.
  • B. B. S. Co.
  • Bearse Mfg Co.
  • Bradford
  • Byer Mfg. Co.
  • Copley Shoe Co.
  • Crawford Mfg. Co. Inc.
  • Fox Mfg. Co.
  • The Kangford Tent & Awning Co.
  • The Langdon Tent & Awning Co.
  • Kadin-Luce Mfg. Co.
  • Scholnick Shoe Co. Corp.
  • Standard Garment Co.
  • Powers & Co.
  • Protection Products Co.
  • V. C. Co.

  • 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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