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ARVN Rucksack

In 1963 Natick Laboratories developed a tropical rucksack for the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN).

ARVN rucksack

The rucksack utilized a lightweight steel diagonal crossbar frame, and was dimensione to fit the relatively short back waist length of the Vietnamese soldier. With its outside pockets, the bag of this rucksack had a considerably greater carrying capacity (1.0 cu ft) than either the M-44 or the M-56 U.S. packs previously provided to these troops. The design of this rucksack was so well-liked that a version with a longer back and more capacity (1.15 cu ft) was made for U.S. troops, and came into wide use by U.S. troops in Vietnam. [1]


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  1. Kennedy, Stepehen; Goldman, Ralph; Slauta, John. (May 1973). The Carrying of Loads within an Infantry Company. Natick,MA: Clothing and Personal Life Support Equipment Laboratory, US Army Natick Laboratories. [pdf]