U.S. Army Duffel Bags

It is not exactly sure where the term ‘Duffle Bag’ came from or when it actually came about to the Army. Some history dates back during World War I 1917, E.E. Cummings was in the military as an ambulance driver. And while he was serving his time he would write letters talking about his experiences in combat. He mentioned his duffel bag a lot. The Army duffel Bag in World War I was called “The Doughboy Duffel Bag”, This bag was about 10 inches longs, made out of tan cloth from Duffle, brass rings, and rope. The bag was made like a knapsack, and not very well put together for traveling in combat.

After World War II the duffle bags in World War II were made with the same cloth but it was made 8 inches longer than the older duffle bag used in World War I. In World War II the bags were called “Barrack Bags” They were still made to look like knapsacks, and they were still not very sturdy while traveling in combat. In the years to come the bags would be made better.

In 1943 the Army made a lot of changes to the Duffle Bag. The duffle bag was made with olive drab no.3 canvas. This canvas was woven into a backpack that came with two web straps, which was made to carry heavy loads easier. It is a 37 inch wide bag, and is 12 inches long. The bag comes with all kinds of attachment rings so soldiers can carry more. The new duffle bag traveled well in combat, and the concept is used in the present day Army with more things added that made the duffle bag even better. To make identification easier, Army duffle bags get stenciled with the name and serial number of the soldier that is carrying the bag.

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