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M.1887 Brotbeutel (Breadbag)

The German Soldier wore the Brotbeutel on his right hip, suspended from the belt. This cotton duck bag holds toilet articles, the Feldmütze when not worn, rations, and other necessities of the Frontsoldat. There are several models of the Brotbeutel; the basic ones will be described here.


Pictures of an original Brotbeutel dated 1916.


The Brotbeutel is made with a single piece of cloth for the front and back that was sewn together so it narrowed somewhat near the top.  The flap was then put on. The flap has a single "D" ring near the top left side and a leather tab near the bottom, which allows the Soldat to secure the Feldflasche.  Three adjustable leather straps hold the flap closed. The bag itself is divided into two  compartments by the use of a piece of matching cloth. Two button down belt loops are located at the upper edge near the corners of the Brotbeutel and a metal belt hook riveted to a strip of canvas material is attached to the top center.

The Brotbeutel must be of Ochre or Feldgrau color, with a single "D" ring and loop on the front.  WWII issue breadbags are not acceptable. Foreign breadbags of similar but not identical construction are likewise unacceptable. Certain Brotbeutels may be converted to a WWI appearance by making modifications.  Check with your sponsor or the Kompanieführer before buying a Brotbeutel.