Yugoslavian Army Rucksack

This Yugoslavian Army Rucksack is a small combat pack that was originally issued in the 1950s but saw service well into the 1990s. You'll find this bag to be handy sized, has versatile carry options, and a vintage look that completes the trifecta of bag desirability.


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Every military surplus item can tell a story, and these bags tell the story of the Croatian War of Independence. Seized from Serbian rebels during the war, these bags likely saw actual combat use. American collectors are lucky the Croatian government supports the surplus market and has decided to sell these war relics.

Features:
  • Carry straps can be positioned to turn this from a rucksack into a shoulder bag.
  • Leather straps can be used to tie gear to the pack.
  • Exterior Velcro sealed pocket.
  • Interior Cloth Covered Compartment (See Picture).
  • Authentic Croatian War Trophy.
Specifications:
  • 12" x 12" External Dimensions
  • Weighs 1.5lbs
  • Condition is Surplus Used
  • Will Show Signs Of Use or Storage

Purchase this Yugoslavian Rucksack and you'll own a piece of real history. If you want to read more about this rucksack, visit Rucksack Mania who did an excellent write up of this bag.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU CE006
Manufacturer Military Surplus
Construction Canvas
Condition Surplus Used
Reviews
Customer Reviews (32)
Great little pack
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This is a great little pack for day hikes as it rides close to the back and does not get snagged on brush or tree branches. Packs small and has lots of room for the essentials one would take on a lightweight day outing.a++++ Review by carol (Posted on 1/30/2017)
Nice little bag.
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This bag is good for carrying as a side bag over your shoulder with your main gear and pack. Since the bag is small, I like to put items in it I might need while hiking that I don't need to stop and get out of main pack. It could also serve as a medic pack. This item is also good for anyone into collecting bags. Review by matthew (Posted on 11/15/2016)
The haversack I was looking for.
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A note about the 4 star quality: the leather straps were kind of dry and stiff (Yeah, it's been stored a long time). I had an old bottle of mink oil and I've worked it in 7-8 times now and much better.
I wasn't looking for a rucksack (though it's a bonus) I wanted a haversack for day or weekend camping. Got tired of taking my daypack off every time I wanted something. Then discovered Kenneth Kramm and his youtube videos on camping with a bedroll and haversack. This pack is perfect. Read the other reviews about the pockets and external attach points. My pack is in great shape (smells a little musty but so what) and I can't wait to use it!
Review by Robert (Posted on 10/4/2016)
Useful
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Mine needed some repair when it arrived, but nothing I could not fix with a needle and thread. The bag functions well. I use it often to carry my i-pad and water bottle for work.
Well worth the money. I will probably buy another to make into a weekend survival pack.
Review by Eremite (Posted on 9/18/2016)
Really cool little bag but God was it dirty
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Got the bag and there was like the remnants of a chocolate bar in the front pocket or something...really gross. I cleaned it up and after that it's fine but you'd think someone would notice that before shipping. Really cool bag otherwise, especially for the price. Review by Owen (Posted on 8/12/2016)
Nice shoulder bag or small backpack
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Makes a real nice bag for hiking or hunting, sleeve inside can be folded out to carry a water bottle etc. Well laid out, mine was used surplus condition. I would buy this again. Review by Derek (Posted on 8/12/2016)
Great buy
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Smells a bit musty from storage. Leather straps are worn. Metal buckles have a patina. Nothing unexpected with milsurp. Otherwise, in great shape - no stains, tears, or holes.
A great buy for the price.
Review by Brian (Posted on 5/23/2016)
Panniers
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When I first got these I was MAD , because I new I should have gotten 3 to get 2 about the same condition. Received one , looks new , the other , good used . They are on my T100 and BOTH sides lookin' GOOD so I don't care . NO MORE BACKPACK ! Thank-you . Review by John A. (Posted on 5/11/2016)
Will make a great haversack
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First up front this is old stock and was probably not stored well for many years. The leather tabs had a bit if dry rot thus 4 stars on quality. However the bag I recieved appears to have never been issued, just stored. The canvas was still in fantastic shape and there were still "Irish Penants" of thread from the stiching. Planto use aa a haversack for my woods adventures. At this price point I would call it a must buy. Review by daniel (Posted on 5/7/2016)
A cool vintage bag
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This is another handy little shoulder bag that has the vintage messenger bag feel to it. The one I received was in decent shape, with the leather straps the only concern due to wear. The buckles are old and not the best quality. But as a useful, cool-looking vintage shoulder bag, this is a really great deal. Review by El Mystico (Posted on 3/11/2016)
Fantastic. My all time favorite day pack.
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Has held up and some for the past 2 years. Through trees, bushes, pushed against rocks and thrown into the backseat it has suffered next to no damage. Straps have not broken and are still in great condition despite seeing occasional water. Not one tear or rip in the pack itself either.
Two compartments offer enough space for anything you could want on a day hike, with maybe the exception of a large camera. The larger compartment also has a nice pocket on the left side (facing the bag) that is great for water bottles. I put a larger (32oz?) Nalgene type bottle in it, fits like a glove. However it seems it is not visible in the preview pictures. (I'm pretty sure its comes pressed under the second wider pocket.) The second wider pocket inside the largest compartment is nice for keeping items from moving around too much, I personally use it for sandwiches.
The smaller front snap compartment can be pressed for space depending on what you have in the larger compartment. It will still hold plant/animal guides, small - mid sized book(s), maps, pens and items of the like. You can also sneak items out without having to undo the straps, which really is nice sometimes.
What puts this bag over the top for me are the metal loops that can be found throughout the exterior of the bag & the loop straps on the bottom of the bag. I have been able to add all sorts of convenient add-ons to this pack using the exterior metal loops combo'd with small carabiners. First Aid Kit, Bear spray + Case in bear country, sunscreen and even a solar panel clipped in front of the pockets. The bottom loop straps are probably not big enough for most sleeping bags, at least in my case, and anything that sits too low in the straps will be hitting the back of your legs. It is perfect for jackets though, on rainy days, just in case or when you start to heat up while /out/. You could still probably utilize it for a very simple sleeping set up.
All in all this bag has been nothing but good to me. With all the utility and quality of the bag I have seen out of it for $7.99 (on sale), I would have paid close to $50 had I known it would be this good. This bag is a steal, with shipping the total cost jumps a bit so you might as well get yourself something else nice if you're paying that shipping cost already. If you're lucky enough it may also come with some drawings on it from the previous owner.
Review by ChrisPete (Posted on 2/22/2016)
Handy Bag
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This is an extremely handy and versatile bag. It is small for a ruck, but well sized for a day-pack. The great thing is that it quickly converts to a good sized shoulder bag which I use as a haversack. A tarp and poncho are easily strapped to the bottom leaving a good amount of room inside for everything else. Mine was well used and needed a little clean up and leather treatment but for 10 bucks, its a fantastic value. Review by JD (Posted on 7/1/2015)
Good little bag
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I held off buying this, but I like it. It belongs in town, mainly. I prefer it as a shoulder bag, but it's OK on the back too. The canvas is not thick, but it is tightly woven and tough. Condition varies, and some have writing on them. Review by Sandro (Posted on 5/16/2015)
Nice Bag
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This bag is well built, but small. I like it as a small backpack for school but easily could be used as a light travel bag or as a supplement to the rest of your travel gear. Its very rugged and will hold up, i would say. Happy i snagged it at $10 Review by Dominic (Posted on 11/16/2014)
Great bag
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Mine looked lightly used, but I like the possible history behind it. I really like the compartment that comes out of the bag and holds water bottles. I also love that it has straps for a bed roll or blanket. This would serve well as a light hiking bag.

I love this bag!
Review by Glenn (Posted on 11/15/2014)
Looks Almost Like New
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I don't think this bag was issued, ever. The leather looks new, too. I put it through a delicate wash to get rid of the storage smell. Nice little bag. Review by Roy (Posted on 10/18/2014)
Tough pack with great value
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In my opinion for the price its a solid pack. The one I received looked practically new. I just wish the bottom straps could stretch out more. You could maybe strap your sweater or maybe a really really small blanket (smaller than a twin). Like others have mentioned, its a great pack for everyday use or day hike. You can easily fit your lunch, jacket and water bottle. I originally bought this for my girlfriend so she can use it on short hikes. Shes has a petite frame, so even with the carry straps tighten all the way, it did not fit her. Sucks for her, good for me.

I liked this pack so much, I ended up buying two more packs on eBay. I bought it straight from Serbia. Well folks, its one of my deepest regrets. Both the conditions of the packs were no where close to the ones I got from Keep Shooting. Ehhh, lesson learned I guess.

Review by Sinister_Drew (Posted on 9/4/2014)
Excellent buy
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Buy when you can. This is a good deal for a neat little sack, good for all sorts of things. Review by Ryan (Posted on 7/31/2014)
Solid little pack
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A rugged and solidly built little backpack/haversack type bag. converts easily to either. I particularly like the small pocket that can flip out of the main bag and carry a water bottle. The bottom straps are a wonderful feature. I wish it was a tad larger, but it certainly is large enough for a day bag. Review by Edward (Posted on 7/30/2014)
Pretty nice bag for the price
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It's definitely surplus, but for the price I can't complain. Easy to use straps and closures compared to some surplus bags. I had to oil the leather up a bit and but otherwise all good. Mine came with a free 20 year old paper napkin- unused surplus! Review by Gabriel (Posted on 7/1/2014)

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