Pack, Large, 1941, 1st Parachute Brigade, Market Garden
Superb genuine WWII British Large Pack, Pattern 1937, manufactured by M.E. Co. and dated 1941; War Department's Broad Arrow is clearly visible.
Contrary to the Small Pack, which could be carried on the battlefield, the Large Pack was intented for items considered non-essential in combat conditions, such as the greatcoat. Troops would carry it as a backpack thanks to L-shaped detachable suspenders (not included here).
Some invasion marks are visible on its back, made up of number 32340 and three horizontal bars -- khaki, brown, khaki --, indicating that this very Large Pack was used by the 1st Parachute Brigade in September 1944 during Operation Maket Garden. The brigade was made up of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Parachute Regiments, which parachuted in the vicinity of Arnhem and Oosterbeek.
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