British 1960s "SAS" Bergen.

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    British 1960s "SAS" Bergen.

    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:30 pm

    Not specifically and SAS issue item but a lot of period 60s pics of the SAS in jungle operations around the world show this type of bergen to have been very popular.











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    Post by chevpol on Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:09 pm

    nice

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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:15 pm

    I cannot make out the date exactly-either 1966 or 1968 but love it as while it appears to have been issued its in pretty mint condition and also love the added period padding to straps and rear metal frame.

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    Post by joni firpo on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:16 am

    Great stuff!

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    Post by Gemini on Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:15 pm

    Nice,simple and to the point!I think someone got sick of that metal hitting them in the back.Does it have internal compartments?

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    Post by Gulf91 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:26 pm

    Gemini wrote:Nice,simple and to the point!I think someone got sick of that metal hitting them in the back.Does it have internal compartments?

    The inside of the top flap has a small zippered pocket and inside the bergen is an open pouch type pocket that i believe was to carry a radio-same as the US Alice Packs.

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    Post by Gemini on Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:35 pm

    Ah,so thats what its for!One more question,does it have quick release?

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    Post by Gulf91 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:39 pm

    No quick release anywhere at this time-remember this was an exact copy of the WW2 Commando Bergen so just plain good old fashioned brass buckles on all closures im afraid.

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    Post by Gemini on Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:07 pm

    oh ok.I do not know much about packs.Only way to learn is to ask! Cool

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    Re: British 1960s "SAS" Bergen.

    Post by Gulf91 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:38 am

    Nice,they are the Australian made versions.

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    Post by Easy Gee on Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:50 am

    Very cool Packs guy's ..I particularly like the Oz cammied up one Cool

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    Post by filupe on Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:06 am

    Australian Bergens can still be found in unissued condition although usually without the frame - which really only makes it good for hanging from a vehicle. My question is whether anyone knows what the two webbing straps on the harness straps are for. It looks like one could attach a '37 pattern ammo pouch to it ... or it could just be a handgrip strap to facilitate shifting the pack when heavily loaded. Anyone know for sure ..???

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    Post by onward288 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:50 am

    Sorry not OZ cammed but used by a well known New Zealand SAS SNCO in South Vietnam.

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    Post by Gulf91 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:30 pm

    onward288 wrote:Sorry not OZ cammed but used by a well known New Zealand SAS SNCO in South Vietnam.

    Maybe used by a Kiwi but they are Australian made Wink

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    Post by onward288 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:30 pm

    Correct maybe he used aussie issue paint at Nui Dat.

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    Re: British 1960s "SAS" Bergen.

    Post by filupe on Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:57 pm

    Nice! I love the 'travel history' on the front straps ...

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    1960's Bergen

    Post by Wilki663 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:46 pm

    Hi

    Im interested in buying a 1960 type sas bergen. I spent 27years in the Army and 5 of those years in the Parachute Squadron RAC.
    I now give paratrooper Talks for the charity Help 4 Heroes. I give the Talks in red beret and para smock I also use some aids like a parachute. I like to use equipment I actualy used. We jumped with 60s type bergen which had to weigh at least 60lbs. I am useing a false one at the moment and would like to get my hands on the type I parachuted with. Blue Skies John

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