U.S. WWII M-1943 Duffle Bag- Early War OD3 Canvas

Item Description

Original Item: This is an outstanding rugged reproduction of the WW2 duffle bag constructed of OD #3 canvas (lighter than OD #3 indicating late war production) with period correct heavy-duty web shoulder strap and carry handle. Top quality seams are correctly double needle felled, mirroring the construction of originals adding to overall durability. This is a near exact copy of the original and truly top quality!

The duffle bag has been a common item of issue for U.S. soldiers since 1943, during World War Two. Before that time, the drawstring closure barracks bag was used as the repository for items of clothing and equipment to be carried by the soldier or shipped ahead to meet him at a destination. The larger and sturdier Duffle Bag was a definite improvement over the former bags.

The military (all branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) issue the duffle bag to recruits at the reception depot as the primary way to carry the other items issued. The duffle bag is made from olive drab canvas in a cylindrical shape with a sewn in round bottom and open top with a circle of grommets. It has a cotton duck-carrying handle and a shoulder strap that extends from the center of bag, ending in a snap hook. The size is about 36-38 inches long and 12-15 inches in diameter.

The closure system of the duffle bag consists of a metal loop that extends through one of the grommets at the opening. A canvas flap is pulled over the contents and then each of the grommets is nested onto the metal loop in sequence. When all the grommets are nested onto the loop, the snap link on the shoulder strap is clipped to the loop to secure the closure. There is room for a padlock to add further security.

Approximately 38" x 12" x 12"

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