Ostravak wrote:to Wolverine:
Look at the link below, it is a Czech Armyshop. The lower part of M45 pack is a modified original but the upper part is a Greek made item. (The seller admits this fact in the text). The material and colour are different from the US original but they are not different from parts of the Greek webbing M1971.
I have the upper part (Greek made, without misleading "US") at home. Shoulder straps are connected by clasps on original additional straps to the bottom of the pack. Therefore is possible to carry as a backpack without the US suspender M1945. (Look at the second link, again CZ armyshop)
Yes, I see what you mean now - the upper packs are certainly not US-made, but instead are Greek copies.
So I wonder if the Greeks also copied the cargo pack?
In any case, the modified cargo packs must have been intended to use with the M1971, perhaps to use up old stocks.
I would like to find one of the Greek upper packs, but the prices at those shops are too expensive. Where I live it is still possible to buy an original US upper pack for about $20.