Original U.S. WWII M-1941 USMC 2nd Pattern Haversack - Lower Bag
Original Item: The USMC M-1941 Haversack (upper bag) and Knapsack (lower bag) were a two-piece pack system issued to the United States Marine Corps in World War II through the early years of the Vietnam War.
The knapsack (lower bag) had two straps to close its main flap and side straps to hold the lower arms of the horseshoe blanket roll (if rolled the long way). Short straps on the bottom of the Haversack attached the knapsack, when it was used.
All components of the M-1941 pack system were in USMC pre-war "mustard tan" or khaki for World War II, although OD #7 was used after 1943. All offered here are constructed of OD #7 canvas and are post-1943 manufactured, some might be post war (Korea and early Vietnam), but we believe most are WW2 issue. Difficult for us to tell as most ink markings are faded from use, age and washing.
This is the modified "second pattern" knapsack that was introduced in 1943 with a simplified closure system. These have "roll flaps", an extension of the pack bag body that is folded over for a secure, somewhat waterproof closure. The folded extension is the top flap of the pack that attaches to the outside straps.
Measures approximately 10" long x 6" wide x 12" tall.
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