When the S10 respirator, which we looked at a few weeks ago, was introduced a new haversack was issued to hold it and the other NBC accessories a soldier might need. Whilst its predecessor had been made of olive drab butyl vinyl, this new haversack was made of nylon and came in temperate DPM camouflage:The bag has a large lidded flap, secured with Velcro and poppers and a small external pouch on one end:This was used to store a DKP1 pack, used for decontamination. The back of the haversack has a cloth tab secured with Velcro and two press studs:This can be used to pass a belt through, or opened to reveal two plastic tabs that allow the haversack to be securely fixed to a set of PLCE webbing:A simple shoulder strap is fitted to allow the haversack to be worn on its own if needed:The haversack opens to reveal a large area, dominated here by the S10 respirator:There are two elasticated straps under the lid of the haversack:And several pockets inside the main body:These all had specific items that should be stowed in them, as illustrated in this diagram from an Early 1990s copy of Survive to Fight: This haversack has a makers label dating it to 2000:The NATO stores number is printed on the haversack and matches that in the stores catalogue:These haversacks are fairly easy to maintain, but soldiers were given advice on using them:
HAVERSACK. Check that:
- The shoulder strap is not frayed or damaged
- The body cord is clean and free from damage.
- The haversack is clean and free from damage.
- All rubbish, clutter and non-essential items have been removed from the haversack.
- No permanent identification of ownership is visible on the haversack or the shoulder strap, (with the exception of the attached fibre identity disc.
- The two stainless steel identity discs engraved with name, service number, blood group and religion, complete with nickel plated neck chains and connectors, are secured inside the haversack.
- Then: CLEAN THE OUTSIDE OF THE HAVERSACK USING SOAPY WATER. LIGHT SCRUBBING IS PERMITTED. DO NOT WASH THE INSIDE.
CONTENTS OF THE HAVERSACK. The peacetime contents of the haversack should be:
- Form S3138 Haversack Card.
- The Respirator (fitted with training canister)
- Spare canister (to remain sealed in foil unless ordered).
- Cleaning cloth
- Cap, modified, water bottle
- Stainless steel identity discs, with chains.