The General Service Respirator began to be rolled out to priority troops in 2010 and at this time many troops on combat operations were still wearing DDPM uniforms, MTP being introduced simultaneously with the new respirator. The history seems a little muddy, but during this transition period a large quantity of haversacks for the new respirator were produced in the earlier pattern of camouflage. It is not clear if these were intended for combat troops with the new respirator until MTP came into widespread use, or if they were trials items used during the testing phase of the GSR. Either way large numbers were produced and being obsolete are easily available on the collectors’ market so tonight we are going to look at an example in detail.
The haversack, more properly called a ‘field pack’ is a large wedge shaped bag made of DDPM IRR Cordua nylon:The inside of the pack is accessed through a large flap on the top of the pack, secured with both Velcro and press studs:The inside of the pack is lined with a grey nylon and has the pack’s NSN number and designation printed on in black ink:A simple open pocket is sewn to one side of the pack:Whilst a shorter, but wider pocket is sewn to the opposite side, secured with a velcroed flap:A third much larger pocket is attached to the base and secured with a zip:The pack is designed to be worn over the shoulder and an adjustable strap is provided for this purpose, along with a steadying strap to pass around the waist:This pack was never intended to be permanently attached to a web set, however a belt loop is provided for this purpose if so desired:Underneath this are a pair of T-Clips to allow it to be securely attached to a PLCE belt:This pack was short lived and quickly replaced with the similar but not identical MTP version we covered here.