German Alpine Rucksack
Each rucksack features an olive drab canvas construction and includes a synthetic leather bottom that serves as an abrasion-resistant surface. The overall dimensions of the pack measure approximately 17 inches by 13 inches by 8 inches. The pack is characterized by its large main compartment, which includes a smaller, Velcro®-sealed pocket inside – suitable for separating the contents. The main compartment is secured by a cotton drawstring with access provided by a large storm flap that utilizes large, quick-release plastic buckles. Each side is flanked by identical secondary pouches, each of which measures approximately 9 inches by 5 inches and includes small storm flaps that are secured by another set of large, quick-release plastic buckles.
Though each rucksack appears to have been previously issued, they remain in good condition and ready to continue service. As they have been issued, some of the rucksacks show signs of wear and tear, with some even showing evidence of being repaired in the field by soldiers, which provides a unique historical aspect for those pieces.
An interesting aspect regarding the German alpine rucksack is the fact that the NATO Stock Number (NSN) is printed on the interior pocket. An NSN is a 13-digit numerical code that identifies all standardized materials of supply that are recognized by NATO countries. The NSN for the German alpine rucksack is 8465-12-323-9348, which identifies it as a feldgepaeck, or what I assume translates loosely to "field pack." The "8465" identifies it as a piece of individual equipment in a category that includes an array of packs and bags while the "12" signifies that the piece is from Germany. The remaining digits signify its item number.