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H084061 PAPER PROVISIONS/RATION BAG. (Verpflegen Papiertьte)
BACKGROUND: During WWII the German army fielded a wide variety of different types of divisions generally designed and trained for specific tactical functions. Although the size, equipment and composition of the divisional units fluctuated greatly, the Divisional Headquarters staff remained quite consistent and was composed of three operational groups consisting of the Fьhrungsabteilung, (Tactical Command Post HQ unit), the Adjutantur, (Personnel HQ Unit) and the Quartiermeister, (Supply HQ unit/Quartermaster). The Supply HQ unit/Quartermasters also included the divisional Administration, Medical, Veterinarian, and Transport officer’s and its main responsibility was the control of all supplies to the forward troops including all vehicle fuel, and lubricant requirements as well as ammunition, animal feed and rations. Regulations authorized each combat soldier a daily food ration which was brought forward by personnel of the Supply HQ unit/Quartermaster and was most commonly prepared in the field by a units mobile field kitchen and distributed to the front line troops. Following the old adage that, an army runs on its stomach, the Divisional Supply HQ unit/Quartermaster must be considered one of the most important of all the HQ units. Of Note: Although regulations dictated the daily quantity of rations issued to each soldier it became more and more difficult to meet the requirements as the war continued and any food became a valuable commodity. Generally the provisions/rations were forwarded to the front lines in large, reusable, canvas bags, although paper bags were also used on a limited basis.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 49", (124.5cm), tall, 17 1/4", (44cm), wide, four ply, brown paper construction provision/rations storage/transportation bag, with an open top, expanding, "saddlebag", side panels and a machine stitched, bottom seam. One side of the bag features a large, black printed, Wehrmacht, (Armed-Forces), style national eagle with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in it’s talons, with a roughly, 13 1/4", (33.7cm), wingspan, from wing tip to wing tip and the manufacturer’s name/logo and location, "Pranapiag, Prag", with an unknown numeral, "XII 2405". The other side of the bag is also well marked with the large, black printed designation, "H.Vpfl ", indicating, Heeres Verpflegungsamt, (Army Provisions Bureau), and the date, "1943". The bag also has additional, blurred, black printed, instructions that appear to include, "Achtung Sack Vorgfдltig цffnen: sauber aussehьtteln trocken aufbewahren. Wieder verwenden ed. Altpapierhandel zufьhren. Nicht verbrennen! Nicht vernichten!", (Attention. Carefully open and clean exterior of sack, Store Dry. Bring in waste paper to be reused. Do not burn! Do not destroy!). The bag is in overall very good condition with some faint moisture staining and a couple of small tears. Due to it’s general fragility and potential for reuse, this must be considered a scarce or even rare, item as it can be pretty safely assumed that not many survived the war.
GRADE **** PRICE $132.00