Carrier Manpack GS (Aust)

Accession Number REL39724
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Aluminium, Brass, Canvas, Compressed fibre
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1948
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Period 1940-1949
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Light olive drab painted metal frame with faded khaki canvas webbing straps attached. There are several brass and metal loops for adjusting the canvas webbing straps. At the end of each canvas webbing strap is a brass end. The horizontal khaki canvas strap across the top of the manpack has a 240 mm long x 50 mm wide x 16 mm deep piece of white compressed fibre threaded through it at two points. A pair of 350 mm long x 95 mm wide x 12 mm deep dark olive green compressed fibre shoulder pads are attached to the frame via canvas webbing straps. Both of the shoulder straps have twelve holes machine bored into them.

The inside surface of the right shoulder strap appears slightly damaged. On the external side of the upper left shoulder webbing strap is stamped in black ink 'J.J. / D [broad arrow symbol] D / 1948'. Above this is stamped in purple ink 'J [broad arrow symbol] II'. On the bottom most horizontal frame is an area of heavily chipped green paint exposing a day glow orange/red paint underneath. The bottom end of each vertical frame are slightly splayed outwards.

History / Summary

Although the markings are not clear on this example, it appears to be a 1948 example of the Carrier Manpack General Service (Aust).

This carrier manpack was specifically designed to carry odd shaped loads weighing approximately 22.7 kilograms (50 lbs) over difficult terrain with a high degree of user comfort. Its design came from trials conducted in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) by the Australian Army in the later stages of the Second World War.

With the rapid conclusion of the Second World War these new issue packs were not used during the war and many were placed into storage or disposed of to Army surplus stores around Australia. There is photographic evidence of this type of manpack being used to carry a radio in South Vietnam by elements of the 1st Australian Task Force including the 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.