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CIDG Rucksack

Conrad 'Ben' Baker of the Counterinsurgency Support Office (CISO) designed the indigenous rucksack after being asked by Special Forces in Vietnam if something similar to the VC 'ditty bag' could be produced for CIDG troops. Approximately 350,000 rucksacks where procured by CISO at a cost of $2.80 each, as opposed to $14.90 for a U.S. issue Lightweight Rucksack.

Made from water resistant rubberised cotton canvas, the CIDG pack had a thin waist strap and featured three outside front pockets in addition to the main storage compartment. It also boasted a rear pocket that was often used to carry a map, a machete or to hold foam padding. Though designed for indigenous personnel and their advisors, the rucksack was also popular with SOG and LRP teams.

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