About the author

Alfred A. Kruk was born in 1947 and lives in Münster.  From an early age, he has been interested in history, military history and weapon technology. He absolved his military service at the Federal Navy, and completed it as 'Obermart der Reserve' (non-comissioned officer).

The author has been an enthusiastic collector for 30 years, his special interest being military rear-loaders and their accessories from 1865 - 1945.

Since 1988, he has untiringly carried out worldwide research on cartridge-carriers.  The result is the book in hand. Further publications: series of articles in the Swiss magazine Tanzbödeler on the infantry equipment of the Swiss army from 1870 - 1950.