This is truly an awesome piece of memorabilia from that time and era. The Swiss army developed a range of innovative load carrying techniques and equipment, when the country was surrounded on all side and fearing invasion by the far larger armies of the Axis powers the Swiss camped out in the alps ready to defend from the heights; this meant everything had to be hauled up to the top of the mountains.
This pack has many options including for shovels or rifles as well as protected areas on the inside. The metal frame is built specific with a hip bar across bottom for support.There is a name etched in the metal support, Swiss Cross stamped. All leather straps are intact as well as draw string ropes. There are no holes in the back, good condition or better considering time and usage.
Vintage Swiss Army Rifle Backpack Rucksack Salt & Pepper Military Leather. Measures 20 inches top to bottom and 16 inches across, sides are about 6 inches. Has a pull string cover on top with a hole for Rifle or Shovel as well as draw string in bottom exit for length of shovel and Rifle. Seams are intact, maybe a little color wear or use staining on some areas, I don't know if that's fading or not. Leather trim on pockets and wear area show how well this was manufactured for the time.Original Swiss Army Backpack Rucksack with support rods Specific and Special and rare edition, backpack to carry the rifle, shovel, axe or peak. Leather and Salt Pepper Canvas With inside compartment Check out the photos ask any questions this is a unique Rucksack. J Lietz Settler Langenthal 48. The item "Rare Vintage Swiss Army 1948 Rucksack Rifle Holder Backpack Canvas Salt & Pepper" is in sale since Sunday, August 13, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Surplus\Personal, Field Gear\Bags & Packs". The seller is "nl3girls954" and is located in Orlando, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia.