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#1 04-09-2018 12:16:25

Markus
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Tropical Heer Rucksack - M. Forker 1941

Hi, here are some pictures of a tropical Heer rucksack in my collection from manufacturer Martin Forker of
Wilthen and dated 1941.  Forker is a well known manufacturer of rucksacks and breadbags.

These early rucksacks have olive green webbing straps, roller buckles and quality canvas material for the body of the
pack.

Anyway, here are the photos.  Regards Markus.

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02838.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02839.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02840.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02841.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02842.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02843.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_martin_forker.jpg

Comparison with a 1942 rucksack, also made by Forker but produced in 1942.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02845.jpg

I've already posted the 1942 rucksack before on the Forum, but the manufacturer stamp is further down inside the inside of the pack (not inside the top flap like the 1941 model).
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02847.jpg

The 1942 model has friction buckles rather than the roller type found on the 1941 type.  You can also see the poorer quality fabric used for the body
of the 1942 rucksack, similar to the material used on breadbags.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02848.jpg

Last edited by Markus (04-09-2018 12:26:05)

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#2 04-09-2018 14:13:15

RRA227
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Re: Tropical Heer Rucksack - M. Forker 1941

Nice packs. Rich A. in Pa.


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#3 06-09-2018 13:06:36

Markus
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Re: Tropical Heer Rucksack - M. Forker 1941

Thanks Rich smile

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#4 06-09-2018 15:16:01

Rebbaron55
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Re: Tropical Heer Rucksack - M. Forker 1941

Very interesting! I have several but most have RBNrs or nothing! The treatment of the strap ends has always had me thinking that was a late war or foreign development (Czech maybe?). Good to see them in early North African campaign equipment!    Barron

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#5 06-09-2018 15:43:40

Markus
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Re: Tropical Heer Rucksack - M. Forker 1941

Yes Barron, there were many combinations of materials used.  The tab ends of the strap were normally the format on my two examples above with the two rivets or the Lux arrow shaped metal end.

The early rucksacks from 1941 and some from early 1942 are made from much better materials.  I've got another one that is dated 1942 (see below), which still has the early tab ends and heavy canvas material but you can see where
the new tan webbing has been incorporated with the old olive green webbing.  You can also occasionally see this combination of olive green and tan webbing on Y-straps, A frames and bayonet frogs - I suppose it just depends what webbing
was available at the time and as the initial olive green web was phased out.

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02850.jpg

I'm yet to decipher who the manufacturer of the above rucksack was (marked inside of the top cover flap).    Anyone out there know?  Looks to the be the name of the maker and probably town on the top line followed
by the street name (long single word) and address number on the second line.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_dsc02851.jpg

Unfortunately you don't many tropical rucksacks close up in photos - they usually just appear as a blurred blob on the side of a vehicle.

I did find this photo however the other day, which clearly shows a couple of rucksacks on the side of a Panzerjager I. 

I don't know if you recall Thoms backpack with the unusual straps with the metal eyelets, which had the same strap ends as my examples above. 
The Panzerjager I photo I found shows Thoms rucksack type but with the Lux end tabs. 

Anyway, thanks again for having an interest and taking the time to comment smile  Regards Markus

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_panzerjager_1_pack.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_panzerjager_1_backpacks.jpg

Last edited by Markus (10-09-2018 08:36:28)

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#6 06-09-2018 18:47:59

Rebbaron55
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Re: Tropical Heer Rucksack - M. Forker 1941

Wow, quite the photograph! I like the rucksacks, but also the water bottles over the outlined vehicle identification numbers. I was a plastic modeler for many years and love to always look for odd stuff like that!  Barron

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#7 07-09-2018 14:22:56

Markus
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Re: Tropical Heer Rucksack - M. Forker 1941

Thanks Barron, yes I think that many militaria collectors were or still are military model makers. 

With the availability of wartime photos now on the internet there is plenty of inspiration for adding some realistic details to kits.

Regards Markus.

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#8 08-09-2018 00:20:22

RRA227
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Re: Tropical Heer Rucksack - M. Forker 1941

Nice pics.  Rich A. in Pa.


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Knowledge is power, guard it well.

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#9 09-09-2018 01:10:36

Markus
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Re: Tropical Heer Rucksack - M. Forker 1941

Thanks Rich smile

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