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Here are some illustrations that I found depicting the rucksack in use:

Arrangement of the rucksack contents. This is from the WWII era so a lot of this is conjecture as it applies to WWI.

Arrangement of the rucksack contents. This is from the WWII era so a lot of this is conjecture as it applies to WWI.

 Landwehrmanner with rucksack- The mess kit was strapped to the front of the rucksack while the Zeltbahn and maybe a blanket are secured under the top flap.

Landwehrmanner with rucksack- The mess kit was strapped to the front of the rucksack while the Zeltbahn and maybe a blanket are secured under the top flap.

Ruck2

A nice close up from the rear. Most likely, he’s got a greatcoat strapped along the outside in a horseshoe, once again secured by the top flap.

Ruck3

One more view from the year showing how the equipment was arranged on the rucksack.

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