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U.S. Army Jungle Pack of WW II
The Jungle Pack was made in two forms during World War II. The first Jungle Pack was tested in Panama before being sent to troops in the Pacific where it was issued primarily during 1943 and 1944 in camouflage and in olive drab (OD) fabric. A second version was issued for the ETO in 1944 (soldier photos on this page) in OD fabric, but in a modified form with a larger volume main compartment. The Jungle Pack, however, proved to be unpopular. It was heavy, very hot, and had poor suspension straps. It was superceded by the M-1944 cargo and combat packs.
U.S. Army Jungle Pack of World War II
The Jungle Pack consisted of a rain-proof pouch attached to webbing straps, similar to the straps used with the U.S. Army Haversack, M-1928. The pouch was large enough to carry a sizeable load and could be adjusted in size by using web straps attached for that purpose.
It closed at the top with a cord and was covered with a rain-proof flap. On top of the flap was a small zipper-opening pouch for canteen, medical kit, and other small articles. The main pouch was intended for carrying the jungle hammock, rations and spare clothing. Separate waterproof bags kept the contents dry and aided in buoyancy when swimming. Other straps on the outside provided for attachment of a blanket roll or poncho while grommet tabs were provided for an intrenching tool or bayonet.
On the top of the smaller pouch there were webbing loops for holding grass and leaves for camouflage purposes.
Nomenclature and Stock Numbers of the Jungle Pack
In the original version (camouflage or OD fabric, smaller main compartment) this pack was designated "Pack, Jungle" with stock number 74-P-15. The later ETO version (OD fabric, larger main compartment) was known simply as "Pack, Field". This pack is sometimes referred to as M-1943 or M-1944 by collectors, but that was not an official designation.
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