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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 22:50 pm 
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I have found a couple of photos in which Home Guard members have their haversacks on their backs as backpacks, anyone know how they rigged them?


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You put the strap over your head and under the respirator haversack (which is worn at the alert position on your chest)

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Sometimes they were lined with cardboard to give them squareness/stiffness. However, they were pretty useless, as if you suddenly dive down, they ride up and bang you on the back of the head. Not only that, the single harness and wide flap mean lots of items could fall out of it.

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alternative method haversack over your head strap going around your waist and then over your head, like kids used to carry satchels

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I've worn it the way Barry mentioned. I'd have thought the other way would have the respirator pushed up to your adams apple or the haversack hanging down the middle of your back. What ever works I suppose, or however RSM wants you to wear it...

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Since posting this I have seen a picture of a haversack with the strap sewn to the bottom of the bag to make 2 loops, the problem with this being the need for 2 haversacks depending on the way you want to wear it.

Thanks for the replies.

I'm in a new Home Guard re-enactment group, so we need all the help we can get.


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Funny you should mention the above method. I had asked about doing that when I first started. Is the photo a period photo?

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I've worn it the way Barry mentioned. I'd have thought the other way would have the respirator pushed up to your adams apple or the haversack hanging down the middle of your back. What ever works I suppose, or however RSM wants you to wear it...


Nah, it works just fine.

There is a limit to how much crap you can put in the haversack in the first place. Its not a Bergen!

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I'll have to give it a try.

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I have managed to put into my haversack, everything suggested in 1942 ... that a Home Guard should have, including a sharp knife and meat cleaver (NCOs)

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Cobblers wrote:
Funny you should mention the above method. I had asked about doing that when I first started. Is the photo a period photo?


The picture is not period, it's from a reference book.


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The photo is from 'Uniforms of the Home Guard'. It might still be worn "satchel style" and the belt is twisted as it crosses the back. I think it would be unique if it was permanently converted to a backpack. I don't think anyone has found an original that was converted to a backpack. Though you might be able to do a temporary conversion with a wacking great safety pin. How long it would hold up is another question...

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Out of curiosity I asked the Haworth HG members on Wed. at the monthly social about this mentioned that the question had been asked here .... apparently it was not unusual at all for the haversack to be worn this way, there was it seems though different ways of carrying it.

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Clear use of the "round the respirator bag" method.


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This is the same unit, 58th Batt. Are they wearing haversacks on their back? http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145139


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Out of interest, any idea of the date of that Churchill photo on the IWM?

Those are very well equipped HG...

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