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    Magnus Guild
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    This is a query to those better informed:   did Russian Napoleonic infantry carry haversacks? Contemporary artists do not show them and the list of equipment in Viskovatov makes no mention of them.

    #167552
    Jonathan Gingerich
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    Hi Magnus,
    The knapsack is well documented in illustrations and Viskovatov.
    So I assume you are talking about a bread or rusk sack? They did under Paul but then they started using the knapsack for rusk.
    There may perhaps be a reference to a separate bag in an article on the Jaegers. I will have to check.
    Jon.

    #167560
    Jonathan Gingerich
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    Mishanin notes the widespread use of cross-body sacks, but does not identify them as standard issue.

    #167589
    Magnus Guild
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    Thanks, Jonathan.  It confirms what I suspected that the haversack (bread bag) was unofficial, if not necessarily unknown and not all that common.

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