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WWII USMC Jungle Camouflaged Backpack -
This is a US Army field gear item. As issued during World War two.The battlefields of the South pacific presented a different challenge for the US armed forces than the European theatre. The need to develop new equipment that could function in both areas was paramount.

The large camouflaged backpack, commonly known as the "Jungle pack", was part of the answer to the challenge. This was an experimental pack. it was larger than other packs and had multiple pockets. Issued to the Marines for action in the South pacific. An Olive Drab version was created for the Army for deployment in Italy.

Marked "US" in the front. The inside of the flap is dated 1942. Manufactured by Boyt.

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The USMC jungle backpack featured here has a blank ink stamp marked in the inside of the main flap. It reads "Hinson Mfg Co", which is the company that produced the camo pack. Just below is the date of 1943, which is when the item was produced.

The front side of the flap has a "US" stamped in black ink. A small pocket secured closed by a brass zipper is also located in the same area. This pocket was ideal for carrying maps and any other small item that needed to be accessed frequently.

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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