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Article about: Picked up a Gebirgsjäger Rucksack at the weekend. In the rucksack's back pocket were two straps, at first I thought they were for holding the zeltbahn to the rucksack, but they are miles to

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    Picked up a Gebirgsjäger Rucksack at the weekend. In the rucksack's back pocket were two straps, at first I thought they were for holding the zeltbahn to the rucksack, but they are miles to long. In the picture looking at the top strap - measures 75cm x 20mm, I'm not sure its pre 1945 ? the buckles and clips look to be from another era. The leather strap is marked XE6 Augsburg.

    The bottom measures 90cm X 18mm I've no doubt it pre 1945 buckle marked DRGM and has the Assman A mark. Strap marked - Fabrikat -F.W. Kinkel - Mainz Wallstr.17 both clip & buckle fronts have dimpled effect, similar to buckles & clips used on dagger gehänge. Any information appreciated. Unidentified Straps

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    Hi Alec, these look like shoulder cross straps worn with the belt (Sam Brown belt style) worn by the HJ.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Hi Ade,
    Thanks for the post, it did point me in the right direction. I've just spent a couple of hours this morning trawling through the internet, googling HJ cross straps & other German cross straps. Came up with a number of exact matches for the top strap in my picture, the one which I didn't have too much faith in, its indeed a text book HJ Cross Strap without belt loops. The other one was a little more problematic, came up with only one exact match and that was on the uniform of a NSDAP Kreisleiter, whether that was particular cross strap for a Kreisleiter I don't know, looked at other rank NSDAP uniforms their cross straps didn't match my one different clips. However one thing I did find out is, the strap is missing its clip on the other end - I'll be looking out for one. Again thanks for the help, much appreciated. Best Wishes

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