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M.1887 Brotbeutel (Breadbag)

The Brotbeutel (bread bag) is a canvas bag designed to carry the soldier's rations, as well as his Feldm├╝tze when not worn, and just about anything else the soldier could stuff into it. The German soldier wore the Brotbeutel on his right hip, suspended from the belt, although it could also be suspended over the shoulder or from the neck by the Brotbeutelriemen.


Pictures of an original gray canvas Brotbeutel dated 1916.


The Brotbeutel is made with a single piece of cloth for the front and one for the back and are sewn together with another piece between so the bag will have two compartments and 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. Two button down belt loops are located at the upper edge near the corners of the Brotbeutel, the left reinforced with leather to help with the weight of the full Feldflasche. A third canvas strip was attached top center of the bag with a metal belt hook riveted to it that hooked to the belt for additional support. On the back is sewn two small "D" ring at a slight angle toward the outer top corners - these allow the attachment of the Brotbeutelriemen to act as a suspension/carry strap.



Original early war photo, two Brotbeutel can be seen
on the two standing Soldaten.



Original ocher Brotbeutel.

The Brotbeutel must be of Ochre or gray 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 Kompanief├╝hrer before buying a Brotbeutel.


Original WWII M31 Brotbeutel.