Yes - nice condition WWI dated backpack.........
I believe the official term is "haversack"... I was trying to find a WWII dated example for the display I'm putting together. I was told that many soldiers got rid of them because of difficult they are to pack/ how clumsy they are to wear.
I have a mint WWII example. Joe, is a 'haversack' the same as a 'musette'.........?
It's confusing, Steve... I believe a "musette" bag could be worn over the shoulder... kind of lake a man purse... or it could be strapped to the combat suspenders like a backpack. In many cases the haversack was ditched in favor of a musette bag based on ease of use.
I believe 'musette' is French for 'bag'.
I suppose the two terms get mixed up. The first one posted by JMStevens
is the 'M10' Haversack.
Joe, Would you believe I found an unissued musette bag
at a thrift store for $1.........?