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ⓘ Lightweight Rucksack




                                     

ⓘ Lightweight Rucksack

The Lightweight Rucksack was the primary rucksack utilized by United States troops during the Vietnam War and also used in arctic and alpine areas. It replaced the M1952 rucksack and was in turn replaced by the ALICE in 1973. The 1967 Training Circular TC 10-8. Lightweight Rucksack: Nylon OG106 served as a "how to use" manual.

Her ensemble consisted of a nylon pack with a cord cinch, the upper part of the flap and three exterior pockets and tubular aluminum frame with padded shoulder straps and belt. Lightweight backpack, nylon, OG106 FSN 8465-782-3248 was developed in 1962 as part of an effort of the US army to develop the appropriate equipment for use by special forces long-range reconnaissance and patrols, and mountain and Arctic troops. Testing was conducted by the 5th special operations group of the airborne troops in Alaska and the Panama canal zone. Four different models are lightweight rucksack exist, with the latter two models with attachment points that allow themselves block sets in two or three different places on the frame, respectively. The backpack prototype was produced in 1962, thanks to welded frame. Model of 1964 was virtually the same, but with the information the contract stamp in the pack, and not sewn on the label. The following improvements appeared in 1965, when the frame was replaced by a riveted version, not the welded one. The last modification was made in 1968, with the addition of a middle horizontal back strap. In South Vietnam lightweight rucksack has replaced and supplemented M1956 and M1961 combat versions of the packs and was later partially replaced by the tropical rucksack of the M1967 VTEK designed specifically for jungle warfare. Backpack typically mounted low on the frame allow bulky equipment for disposal above. Stockpiles of the lightweight bags have been replaced in the military service of the United States beginning in 1974 with the adoption of the Alice equipment. Lightweight packs are currently highly desirable among collectors and re-enactors of the period and often retail for anywhere between $250 and $350 USD for a dedicated militaria, and online auctions.