Prewar Dutch Knapsack

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    Wolverine
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    Prewar Dutch Knapsack

    Post by Wolverine on Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:21 pm

    Here is an item that I recently discovered in a local flea market. It appears to be a Dutch M1915 knapsack. The Dutch war ministry strmp is clearly visible, along with the date, 1924, and a maker's mark. It is really in quite good shape for its age, although it is not a very durable piece of kit to begin with. If not for the hours I spent studying Robert Fisch's book Field Equipment of the Infantry, 1914-1945 as a boy, I might have passed this over as a boy scout pack. These sometimes turn up in photos of the 1940 campaign, although I think they might have been obsolescent by then.

    How did such an obscure item find its way to a flea market in southern Ontario? Well, after 1945, many Dutch families arrived in this part of Canada to start farms, and most of them continue to or three generations later. I suspect that an immigrant must have brought it over after the war, and perhaps it was recently sold at an estate sale or yard sale. In any case, I was very happy to find it!




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    Re: Prewar Dutch Knapsack

    Post by masive on Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:03 am

    Nice Item in very good condition.
    I have a m1915 knapsack too. In not so good condtion like yours, but it is OK.
    Some Details are different.




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    Re: Prewar Dutch Knapsack

    Post by Wolverine on Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:02 pm

    That is quite an early one that you have Marc. It has some interesting differences: reinforced bottom, with no straps for attaching the mess kit, and different style of shoulder straps. Most of the examples that I have seen in pictures online seem closer to the one that you have than mine. Are there any other maker's marks on yours?
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    Re: Prewar Dutch Knapsack

    Post by masive on Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:46 am

    Hey Andrew, there are no other markings on it. Regarding to a Dutch collector, the H 35 means, that this Item was reissued in the year 1935. "H" means "Hospitaalsoldaat".
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    Re: Prewar Dutch Knapsack

    Post by Wolverine on Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:24 pm

    Thanks Marc for the information. I think that this prewar/1940 Dutch equipment must be somewhat scarce.

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