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AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2017 3:57 p.m. PST

My references say that Prussian FPW jagers carried badger hide packs. Badgers being rather thin on the ground in Oz, I was hoping that someone can tell me what colour badger hide is (I'm assuming that the fur was removed in the tanning process, but I could be wrong about that).
Thank you

bsrlee29 Aug 2017 6:11 p.m. PST

I think you may find that the badger hides were tanned with the hair on, so basically black with white edge stripes. See also the Scottish Sporran, traditionally made from the head hide of a badger (the mask). The various German armies had a tradition of using backpacks made from hair-on hides, into WW2 IIRC.

AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2017 8:56 p.m. PST

Thank you. I'll look for pictures of badgers. This is starting to feel like a horror version of Wind in the Willows.

GurKhan30 Aug 2017 1:19 a.m. PST

There's a photo of a jaeger's badger pack at link

AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 3:08 a.m. PST

Thank you.

When I started to paint the figures this afternoon (I'm using Old Glory 15s), the first thing that I noticed is that they don't have packs! Presumably, they left them behind when they went out to skirmish. Odd though, as all the other OG and Rank & File figures that I've seen have packs. So, fortunately, I don't need to paint the badgers. Love the oicture though.

Thanks again.

Royal Marine07 Sep 2017 2:55 a.m. PST

So the badgers are safe? Preservation groups will be pleased.

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