Original U.S. WWII Army M1942 Mountain Backpack - Rucksack with Frame by Simmons Co. - dated 1942
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition U.S. Army M1942 Mountain Backpack - Rucksack with a metal frame, officially designated specification J.Q.D. 88B by the Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot. This was one of several designs developed by the J.Q.D. in order to provide a better pack solution for mountain troops. The standard combat rigging haversacks were unfortunately insufficient for carrying the amount of gear needed when there were no vehicles to carry supplies. As such they designed these metal frame packs to solve the issue.
The J.Q.D. 88B was the third version of this design, and one of the most widely produced. The metal frame itself measures about 17 1/2" wide x 21" tall x 6" deep, so once fully loaded this was a large pack indeed. This pack was manufactured by SIMMONS COMPANY in 1942, as marked on the inside of the top flap. Per records, the 88B was the only version produced by this company, and they only produced it during 1942. Other companies continued production into 1943, some with the updated J.Q.D. 88F specification, and by 1944 production had ceased.
This pack is in very good condition, and as far as we can tell is complete and functional. There is some light wear and discoloration in the OD Green Canvas, but nothing major. The leather straps and fittings do show some age and cracking, which is to be expected.
This is a great chance to pick up a very nice example of this U.S. Army mountain backpack. Ready to display!
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