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Unmounted medical personnel carried supplies in leather pouches to aid wounded soldiers. These were worn on the equipment belt.

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WWII German Medical Pouch - Unmounted

Leather Sanitätstasche or medical bags/pouches were used by various German organizations to carry medical items and supplies. The most common pouches were worn on the equipment belt and many have a square metal ring secured by a leather loop for use with a combat y-strap. Two pouch sizes are usually found with the more popular smaller version and a larger version used by the LS (Luftschutz / Civil Defense). The smaller size of pouch typically measures approximately 7" x 3.75" x 4.25" and was used by unmounted personnel.

While there may be exceptions, pouches in black leather were generally used by the DRK (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz / German Red Cross), the HJ (Hitler Jugend / Hitler Youth), and the DJ (Deutsche Jugend / German Youth). Very early pre-1935 and late war pouches have been found in black leather. Light brown pouches were used by the Wehrmacht, Luftschutz, and the NSDAP/SA.

The type used by the military are stamped on the side of the lid over the equipment ring with a large single letter to designate use by basic medical personnel, "S" (Sanitäter / Medic) or "K" (Krankenträger / Stretcher-bearer). An additional letter was stamped on the equipment ring loop to designate the side on which the pouch was to be worn. These large letters are "L" (Links / Left) or "R" (Rechten / Right) and measure 10-11mm high.

1938

E.G.LEUNER
1938
BAUTZEN
S.R.

Black leather medical pouch used by the DRK or German Red Cross. Nice clear manufacter stamp with the two large letters "S.R." for Sanitäter Rechten (Medic right-hand) stamped below. Inside the top lid is a 95% complete contents label. (20090411)

Label:

Inhalt der rechten Sanitätstasche für unberittene Sanitätsmannschaften.

1 Blechschachtel enthalten: 2 Tuben Fußschweiß-Salbe, 2 Tuben Salicyl-Salbe, 1 Stück Seife in Nickelbüchse, 1 Glas zu 20 g Senfspiritus, 1 Glas zu 20 g Baldriantinkur, 1 Aluminum-Röhre zu 20 Stück Acid. acetyl. sal. Tabletten 0,5g, 1 Aluminum-Röhre zu 15 Stück Rhizoma-Rhei-Tabletten 0,5 g, 1 Aluminum-Röhre zu 20 Stück Tanalbin-Tabletten 0,03 g, 1 Rolle Kautschukpflaster Zinkocoll" 2,5 cm x 5 m, 1 Schachtel zu 20 Jod-Ampullen.

Translation: (best effort)

"Contents of the right-hand pocket for dismounted Ambulance crews."

1 Tin box containing: 2 tubes foot perspiration ointment, 2 tubes Salicylic acid ointment, 1 bar of soap in Nickel, 1 glass jar of 20g Senfspiritus, 1 glass jar of 20g Baldriantinkur, 1 Aluminum tube with 20 pieces Acidum acetylosalicylicum Tablets 0,5g, 1 Aluminum tube with 15 pieces Rhizoma-Rhei Tablets, 1 Aluminum tube with 20 pieces Tanalbin tablets 0,03g, Roll rubber patch Zinkocoll" 2.5 cm x 5 m, 1 box of 20 iodine ampoules.

 

1941

dny
1941
K R

Light brown leather pouch for medical personnel. Manufacturer code "dny" for Karl Bollman & Co of Tuttlingen, Württemberg in southern Germany. The letter "K" stamped on the lid side edge indicates use by Krankenträger or Stretcher-bearers. The letter "R" indicates the pouch is to be used on the right-hand side of the equipment belt. Yellowed 100% complete 1937 dated contents label is glued to the underside of the top lid. The printer text "Richterdruck Würzburg" is located in the lower left of the label. Two cloth straps are mounted inside the compartment by two metal rivets each. The pouch came with reproduction wound tags and a roll of bandage. (20100208-02)

Label:
1 Stück wasserdichter Verbandstoff
(50 cm x etwa 45 cm)
2 dreieckige Verbandtücher
3 keimfreie
Verbandpäckchen
1 Abschnür-
binde
Translation:
1 Piece waterproof bandage
(50 cm x approximately 45 cm)
2 cloth triangular bandage
3 sterile
Dressing pack
1 Tourniquet

 

1944

dny
1944
S L

Light brown leather pouch for medical personnel produced in late in the war. Manufacturer code "dny" for Karl Bollman & Co of Tuttlingen, Württemberg in southern Germany. The letter "S" stamped off-center on the lid side edge indicates use by Sanitäter or Medic. The letter "L" stamped on the equipment loop indicates the pouch is to be used on the left-hand side of the equipment belt. Nice slightly yellowed 100% complete undated contents label is glued to the underside of the top lid. The text "u.S.l." is located in the lower center of the label. The two cloth straps that were sewn between the pouch and lid has been cut leaving short remnants above the lid hinge. Two small slots located above the two-row hinge thread can be seen which the cloth straps would have been inserted. Contents not mentioned on the label would have been scissors, tweezers, and nail cleaner. These were stored in a cloth bag. (20100217)

Label:
1 kombiniertes Preßstück,
bestehend aus:
3 Mullbinden zu
5 m X 7 cm,
6 Mullstreifen.
3 keimfreie
Verbandpäckchen.
1 Abschnür-
binde
 darüber: 
1 Ledertasche mit 20 Sicherheitsnadeln,
Stück wasserdichter Verbandstoff (50 cm x etwa 45 cm.)
Translation:
1 combined compressable piece,
consisting of:
3 Gauze of
5 m X 7 cm,
6 Mullstrip.
3 sterile
Dressing pack.
1 Tourniquet
 on top: 
1 leather case with 20 safety pins,
Piece/Pack waterproof bandages (50 cm x approximately 45 cm.)

 

German medical terms with English translations:

Sources:

WAF post 303355 (summary)
WAF post 186540 (Jan B collection)
WAF post 256222 (Closeup pictures of contents)
WAF post 141634 (Luftschutz with partial contents)

Images of German Medic Pouches with contents and divider (fvz 41 S R and dny 41 S)

World War II Day by Day Archives: Die Deutschen Sanitätsdienste

Interesting personal accounts of American Medics in WWII

Interesting discussion regarding German Medics

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