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M34 Tornister Pack

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    Hi Guys, my only "Affe" Tornister pack, but one which I like due to the interesting names etc added to it by it's former owners. Named to two German soldiers, "Willi Engelhardt" and to "K. Leindtest".

    There was also an M39 version which cliped on the Y Straps, so it did not need integral straps itself.

    My Tornister is maker marked and dated 1940.



    This one was given to me by a relative who lives in Canada.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Nice pack Ade, I had one of these on my action man many moons ago (even though I still have it) funny the name of these packs, Affefell, in German means ape or monkey fur I believe even though it was pony
    Ben

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    Hello,
    Adrian : The M39 Tornister was also issued with carrying straps for the troops that were not issued Y-straps. In theory, only M39 Tornister issued to the infantry had the small hooks, the ones for other branches had carrying straps.

    Ben : about the nickname "Affe" for the Tornister, the legend says it comes from the fact that the haversack was always on the soldier's back, like a monkey on its circus trainer's shoulder, the fur doing the rest...

    glad to be a new member here...
    "I didn't use any weapon in combat during the war, but i killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of men...they're now at the bottom of the sea"
    Walter Borg (ex-MI6) Agent and radio operator in Malta, Tunisia and Italy between 1941 and 1945. Arrested twice, tortured twice, escaped twice, survived the war...



    "The future torments us, the past holds us, that is why the present escapes us."
    Gustave Flaubert

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    Hey thats a nice Tornister!!
    I have a couple of Tornisters myself. I love them!

    Correct me if I am wrong!
    The M1939 (Tornister 39) was introduced in April 1939 in conjunction with the support straps, which were required to carry the pack. The pack itself was almost identical to the M1934. Instead of integral shoulder straps it was equipped with D rings. The M1939 can be found with both calfskin-covered and canvas back flaps.

    Some extra Tornister info from the book: German Field Gear 1939-1945:

    In the main compartment were: laced top shoes placed on either side (left, with polish and cloth inside; right, with shoe brushes inside); cook pot in its pocket (preserved bread inside); tent accessory pouch; carbine cleaning kit, rolled in breech cover, one pair of wool socks: sweater (in autumn and winter); and one iron ration meat tin.
    Inside the back flap were: shaving kit, washing kit, sewing kit, towel, handkerchiefs, and undershirt.

    Under wartime field conditions the contents were often changed to meet specific requirements, but generally remained similar to the above.

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    Quote by oksnevad_2 View Post
    Hey thats a nice Tornister!!
    I have a couple of Tornisters myself. I love them!

    Correct me if I am wrong!
    The M1939 (Tornister 39) was introduced in April 1939 in conjunction with the support straps, which were required to carry the pack. The pack itself was almost identical to the M1934. Instead of integral shoulder straps it was equipped with D rings. The M1939 can be found with both calfskin-covered and canvas back flaps.

    Some extra Tornister info from the book: German Field Gear 1939-1945:

    In the main compartment were: laced top shoes placed on either side (left, with polish and cloth inside; right, with shoe brushes inside); cook pot in its pocket (preserved bread inside); tent accessory pouch; carbine cleaning kit, rolled in breech cover, one pair of wool socks: sweater (in autumn and winter); and one iron ration meat tin.
    Inside the back flap were: shaving kit, washing kit, sewing kit, towel, handkerchiefs, and undershirt.

    Under wartime field conditions the contents were often changed to meet specific requirements, but generally remained similar to the above.
    Hello,
    As i wrote it in my previous post, the M39 Tornister was issued with and without carrying straps. The version with D-rings was issued to the infantry which was equipped with the Y-straps, the version with carrying straps being issued to the other branches. As the war progressed, more troops were equipped with Y-straps and they received the D-rings version.
    In theory not all branches of service were issued the Tornister, like the Gebirgsjäger troops, the vehicle drivers, tank crews, motorcyclists of all branches, Nebeltruppen etc....The M39 Tornister does not include a messkit pocket. The contents are not really the same in both haversacks.
    Also, the Zeltbahn kit canvas bag was not issued on a large scale. Very few troops used it in WWII. Generally only the Zeltleine and both Zeltpflocken were packed in the Tornister when the soldier was not in the field.
    "I didn't use any weapon in combat during the war, but i killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of men...they're now at the bottom of the sea"
    Walter Borg (ex-MI6) Agent and radio operator in Malta, Tunisia and Italy between 1941 and 1945. Arrested twice, tortured twice, escaped twice, survived the war...



    "The future torments us, the past holds us, that is why the present escapes us."
    Gustave Flaubert

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    Bringing this old thread back up to help "Woodpecker"

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Another captured pack which was brought home by a Brit Para. 1939 dated.

    Cheers, Ade
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    Not "pony" fur. Cow hide. Ponies are for riding. NH

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