Rucksacks and assault packs

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Rucksacks and assault packs

Post by Cult Icon » 02 Jun 2021 09:29

Why do regular infantry not use rucksacks like mountain troops?

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Re: Rucksacks and assault packs

Post by Hans1906 » 02 Jun 2021 15:34

The two german designations "Tornister" and "Sturmgepäck" will cover 90% of your question(s):

Tornister https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tornister

The so-called "Rucksack" for the "Gebirgsjäger" units would be another question...


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Re: Rucksacks and assault packs

Post by Cult Icon » 02 Jun 2021 16:00

Hans1906 wrote:
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The so-called "Rucksack" for the "Gebirgsjäger" units would be another question...
I am aware that the German Army had backpacks however period photographs show them to be rarely employed. Most typical are various items dangling from a harness.

The Rucksack of the Mountain troops come across as more practical. However I know that backpacks can bounce back and forth when one is running.

Not sure what was the experience of the German harness.

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Re: Rucksacks and assault packs

Post by Seppo Koivisto » 02 Jun 2021 22:18

The German Army probably had enough horses and trucks to carry their gear most of the time. The Mountain troops probably had this luxury less often. It is not a good idea to carry a backpack in battle.

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Re: Rucksacks and assault packs

Post by Cult Icon » 03 Jun 2021 01:28

Seppo Koivisto wrote:
02 Jun 2021 22:18
The German Army probably had enough horses and trucks to carry their gear most of the time. The Mountain troops probably had this luxury less often. It is not a good idea to carry a backpack in battle.
I was thinking not only of personal items but also ammunition. Modern soldiers do carry backpacks of various kinds. I know that American troops equipped with M249 type weapons have additional ammo boxes in their backpack.

Since the German troops carried so many boxes of ammunition, it would seem like a backpack would help a lot.

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