East German Combat Pack

Before there were fancy lunch boxes with insulation, compartments and containers, there were lithographed metal lunch boxes. Before that, there were brown paper bags. Don’t get me wrong, plenty of people still use the good old paper bag to carry packed lunches to school and work, but the evolution of lunch boxes has left it less than desirable. If we’re being perfectly honest, I never found them to be too preferable. Sandwiches were placed at the mercy of any hard or heavy object, often suffering a tragic fate – death by squishing. And don’t even think about storing an ice pack in there to keep your food cold and fresh. Condensation left the bag with a fate not unlike the sandwich. By picking up your lunch after condensation had a few hours to do its bidding – making the bag weak and prone to tearing – you were likely to see its contents spill out onto the floor. Me? I am a fancy lunch box kind of guy.


Lucky for us, you’re a military surplus kind of guy/gal. Lucky for you, we have another great product to offer. Keepshooting.com now has the East German combat pack, perfect to combat your lunchtime hunger. Originally issued to members of the East German military, the East German combat pack was actually used to carry food, drink and loaves of bread while in the field and on patrol. Featuring the uniquely East German raindrop camouflage pattern, this pack is generously sized to carry just about any meal you could possibly desire.


Just say no to brown paper bags with the East German combat pack. A great value at only $4.95 – they make a good alternative to the higher priced fancy lunch boxes that are saturating the market.


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Dating back to the late 1980s, the East German combat pack was almost exclusively a modern military lunch box. As noted, they were used by East German troops to carry food items in the field. They are original military surplus items that have been used, but are generally in good cosmetic and working condition.

Each bag is constructed from a heavy-duty cotton material that is both sturdy and durable. It won’t crumple and leave your sandwich susceptible to smashing like a brown paper bag. Additionally, the three interior closure flaps – two of which utilize a belt and buckle closure –feature a rubberized material that will offer limited water-resistance. Despite its limited water-resistance, you can rest assured that an ice pack will not spell instant doom for your lunch. The East German combat pack, when closed, measures approximately 12 inches by 11 inches by 5 inches – offering enough space to house a meal fit for a king. As noted, it features three interior closure flaps as well as a large exterior flap that utilizes dual, toothed-locking belt and buckle closures, which will ensure that your goods remain shielded from any unwanted contaminants.

The pack does feature a built-in carrying handle, but the real attraction is the inclusion of original “Y-strap” adjustable suspenders that allow the pack to be worn easily on the back.

Finally, we come to the unique camouflage pattern that graces this pack. The raindrop camouflage, known by Germans as Stricheldruckmuster or Ein Strich/Kein Strich, is a notably East German camouflage pattern that was heavily featured during the German Democratic Republic era of German history.

Just because I like food does not mean you have to use the East German combat pack as a lunch box. It serves well as a multi-purpose bag and should be considered for any of the following:

- Travel bags – Store your toiletries and other travel essentials when away from home or on-the-go

- Medical kits – Put together a medical kit with medicine, ointments, bandages and other items useful in situations that call for medical attention

- Lunch bags – Carry your lunch to school or work in style as this bag will easily house a stockpile of food

- Range bags – Fill it with ammunition, magazines, optics, safety glasses and just about anything else you need at the shooting range

- Roadside assistance bags – Keep this bag in your vehicle stocked with road flares, small tools, batteries, rope and anything else useful in an emergency situation

- Almost anything!

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU EGCC
Manufacturer German Army Surplus
Construction Cotton Blend
Condition Surplus Used
Reviews
Customer Reviews (62)
Great bag, even for school
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Very cool bag, looks great, and the water resistance makes it very convenient for the rain.

I ordered two, and they were obviously very different issues, with very different qualities so YMMV depending on what you get in the mail, but the clips can get unhooked from the bottom of the bag, it's nothing a paper clip or any other kind of external clip can't fix, but is definitely something you may need to keep in mind.

At first, the bag may be very awkward to use in civilian life because of it's opening mechanism, but once you get the hang of it, you can open and close the bag quite quickly.
Review by David (Posted on 10/6/2016)
Not a lunchbox!
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I wouldn't call these a lunchbox or try and sell them as one - this is a rugged bag good for hard wear, not the office fridge.

These are not meant for civilian use - they are designed to be worn with a specific combat rig. If you have some DIY skill, though, you can easily adapt this bag for a variety of purposes!

With their clips these can easily be attached to a bike frame and be used as a GREAT and long wearing pannier!
Review by Seth (Posted on 7/9/2016)
Perfect Packs
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Ordered two. Both were unissued. One was rubberized wasrubberized inside, the other was not. Perfect bags for anything. Using mine as first aid/emergency kits for the vehicles. Review by Chris (Posted on 7/3/2016)
Great little pack!
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This pack is great for a day trip, or to pack a lunch. I got one with a vinyl lining and one with out the vinyl lining. But great packs anyway. Just buy one before they're gone! Review by Jake (Posted on 4/10/2016)
Better than advertised
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I ordered 2 packs one was used and the other brand new. The used is in very good condition. They are well worth the money. I Went back to order some more but they had been sold out. It just goes to show you if you think keep shooting items are what you want. You better order double they are worth it! Review by Daryl (Posted on 10/19/2015)
Amazing value for a functional piece of history
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Bag was received in like new condition, completely clean and smelling of fresh surplus. Straps are kinda hard to figure out at first, but once you do its actually surprisingly comfortable, even stuffed to the brim with rock/core samples. Which brings me to its durability, which is also excellent. For 5 bucks too? I may need to get me a backup. Review by Czechguy (Posted on 8/23/2015)
love these packs
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Great all around bag , small pack , storage bag .The Y strap has alot of extra clips hooks and loops for attaching to other gear, after all its part of their equipment. looked and felt brand new , These are waterproof and have big flaps to keep stuff dry. Can fit giant lunch plus drinks and keep it dry while atving. Review by Eric (Posted on 8/21/2015)
SUPER DURABLE Fabric
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This pack is sturdy and thick. It almost stands up on it's own. The straps it comes with would be worth the purchase price. You cannot go wrong with this bag. Would make a great lunch bag (if you are a big eater!). Mine came in issued-great condition. No concerns or complaints. I'm hooked on KS!! Review by Justin (Posted on 8/13/2015)
I paid $14.45 on Amazon for the same bag -> I am big believer in KS!
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I ordered 4 bags to be used as the carrier for my car emergency kit. One of the 4 bags is used. The other 3 are unused. The only differences these bags do not have the extra straps (3) just the Y-shoulder strap - still a great buy considering the big price differences. Keep up the good job - Keepshooting. Review by David (Posted on 6/18/2015)
Great waterproof Pack for the Money...
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Great pack was out In the bush on a hunting trip and had this pack loaded down for a day trip when out of no where the rain came down.But I was prepared my pack kept all of my gear nice and dry and kept it all in reach. I would tell any one that pack is worth its weight in gold out in the field and its at a great price for a camp pack I give it five Stars.
Review by matt (Posted on 6/12/2015)
Best value on the net
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This is a great little pack. The more I use it the more I enjoy it. It can easily converted into a side shoulder bag with a compression shoulder strap. I put a foam insert to convert it into a small camera bag. It keeps the gear dry. Review by David (Posted on 5/18/2015)
Great Ammo carrier and Computer bag
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Awesome bag for the money-laptop fits great in the bag with room for the charger, too. This bag is brand new and the straps are fun to figure out as well. Review by Dorian (Posted on 4/15/2015)
Good bag for the money.
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A good sturdy bag with a cool design. I am using it for medications to bug out with. Condition is like new. A good buy! A ++ Review by Ferenc (Posted on 4/8/2015)
Handy, small pack. Well made. Good for wives, kids, and grandkids.
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This pack is nicer than I expected. Unique camo pattern. Nice that they included loops to attach the pistol belt straps when not wearing a belt. At this price, pick up a half dozen. Review by Jeffrey (Posted on 3/25/2015)
great looking pack
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Ok, I'll admit that I'm a girl that was just shopping on here to find a gift for my dad. But this pack was so cool looking and cheap that I bought it for both of us along with other great stuff. Very cool style and perfect to pack a picnic in since its insulated. look up the youtube video on how to assemble the straps correctly. Review by Amy (Posted on 3/23/2015)
Best day pack ever!
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This pack is a bit small but it is still very good. First off from my experiences it is completely waterproof, it has a liner that folds into it that is rubberized, if you know it's going to get wet you pull it up and seal it with that. It comes with the east German y strap suspenders that are the bags straps. It is thicker too, almost like it's insulated. This is a great buy. Review by Zeb (Posted on 2/3/2015)
Nice all around bag
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I like cold war German surplus and this is no exception. Pretty good size for books or maybe an overnight bag. That's probably what mine will be used for, but there are many more possibilities. Mine came in good condition even though it had the usual storage wear and marks. Review by Seth (Posted on 1/2/2015)
Tale of Two Packs
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I ordered one of these several months ago to use as a possibles bag for deer hunting. It's too small to be a rucksack and too large to use as a possibles. Then I noticed two things. It fits perfectly under my truck seat as an emergency bag. And it clips onto the front straps of my heavy pack perfectly for extra load on backwoods trips. I liked it so much I ordered a second one. The first appeared un-issued, had a ton of extra straps and has a watertight vinyl liner that seals. The second one was much used and did not have the liner. But still worth it for my uses. Review by The Tim (Posted on 12/15/2014)
I should have bought a few
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The bag I received looked new, it did have a 57 written on the back of it, but that's fine with me. The straps that come with this bag are actually suspenders, I think. The extra straps look like they hook into a belt. I believe this is the beginning of my E. German rig collection... Review by Glenn (Posted on 11/15/2014)
Cool Bag Surprisingly Stylish
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Aside from the straps being a little weird and confusing this bag is really cool. I watched a YouTube video on how to set the straps and also saw that you can dunk this think in water without anything getting wet... As it has a liner inside. My girlfriend actually stole it from me and used it as a backpack for a music festival this past weekend. Review by Liam (Posted on 9/3/2014)

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