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Old 08-31-2007, 10:28 PM   #46
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It seems reasonable that the M34 tornister would have been replaced by the M39 model. In fact, the M34 continued to be manufactured. Here is a mid- to late-war M34 tornister marked with an RB number, with mismatched shoulder straps.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:29 PM   #47
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It has the black leather and steel hardware usually seen on the M39 model.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:34 PM   #48
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The RB number dates this pack to no earlier than late 1942.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:35 PM   #49
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The strap on the top in this photo is unusual and may have been taken from a paramilitary or civilian pack.
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The other strap has a faint early maker stamp and a E37 depot stamp as well.
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The majority of the fabric inside is the same stuff used to make many bread bags and rucksacks from this period. The mess kit pouch is a different material, maybe tropical uniform material (?).
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:40 PM   #52
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This is an early M34 tornister that is complete and as-issued. It is named, unit marked, and the shoulder straps are matching. I find that this type of Tornister seem to be the most valued by collectors. This example is complete with all early features.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:41 PM   #53
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All the hardware is aluminum.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:42 PM   #54
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The pack is dated 1935, these clips are standard on early packs of this vintage.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:43 PM   #55
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Albin Scholle Zeitz 1935
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The shoulder straps are matching and dated 1937. I am not sure what the "B" is for, Berlin depot?
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:45 PM   #57
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Inside, the pack is stamped 13./J.R.69 II. Infanterie-Regiment 69 was part of the 20. Infanrterie-Division from Hamburg.
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The depot stamp on the pack is E35.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:49 PM   #59
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This is a maker stamp that I have seen on many of these packs, Franz Brehme Walsrode 1942. The pack itself has no special features.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:51 PM   #60
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Here is a WWI style pack, as used by paramilitary units in the Third Reich. These type of packs were also used by Heer soldiers.
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