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A type of rucksack supported by a frame, used by the military.
- ‘The trend towards utility has continued, and most modern armed forces now use rucksack-type packs - ‘bergens’ - and pouches made of light and robust man-made fabrics.’
- ‘I reasoned that he would have plenty of space in his bergen backpack.’
- ‘Soldiers are expected to increase their weight in their bergens and distances will also become greater.’
- ‘The best solution is to carry a dark coloured plastic bag, into which you can put refuse, and which you can store in an outside pouch on your bergen.’
- ‘A man falls over in a chest-high river, his bergen holds him under; another man goes back to pull him out.’
1920s: manufacturer's name.
1A seaport in SW Norway; population 220,418 (2007). It is a centre of the fishing and North Sea oil industries.
2Flemish name for Mons
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