An excellent example of the second pattern Commando Bergen clearly dated 1945.
The bag section of this item is made from dark green waterproof canvas as opposed to the first pattern which was made from a light tan material. This change in materials occured before D-day making it a usable item for any 1944 or 1945 scenario. Like the first pattern bergens, this example has the two webbing straps which run around the circumference of the bag towards the top, which can just be seen below the main flap. It also retains the webbing blanket straps to the underside of the bag which are often missing.
Inside the Bergen is dated 1945 and bears the makers initials of 'G.B.L.E' as well as the War Department broad arrow marking. A brass zip is present to the inner flap and is marked 'N' to the reverse. It still works but could do with some attention to get it running more smoothly.
The bergen comes complete with its original black painted metal carry frame which is attached to webbing shoulder straps. The straps feature tabs to which utility pouches can be added. All the leatherwork on the frame appears to be intact.
The condition of the Bergen is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. It is a very clean example and displays well.
All in all, an excellent and very original example of a Commando Bergen clearly dated 1945. It would undoubtedly look fantastic in any WW2 display.
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