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M43 Wool Tunic & Trousers
Note the simplified pockets and colour of the collar on the late war wool tunic, and the slash pockets, side adjusters and rear seat reinforcement on the trousers
M44 Feldbluse & Trousers
The M44 Field Blouse was the final uniform developed for the German soldier in WWII and was officially introduced on the 25th September 1944, started its trails in 1943 with several divisions adopting it as early as July 1944. The trousers have straight legs and no rear seat reinforcement, they have a integral belt at the waist.
General construction consisted of leather soles, steel studs, woodern pegs, part rough leather uppers, eyelets and hooks, leather laces. Early war most of the German army used a mix of jack boots and ankle boots, mainly supplied natural leather with separate dye and dubbin etc which the soldier had to apply himself, late war they were just supplied the boots natural and it was up to them to proof them etc, so you will see allot of black and light / dark brown boots late war.
Look for low ankle boots without steel toe caps, studded or rubber sole. Rubber soles specifically for Panzer Crews so you don’t go flying off the other end and breaking your ankles as metal on metal does not afford much grip and also you don’t damage the vehicle.
Check the photos the soles are glued and pegged on, they are rough outer leather front and smooth leather rear. They are very comfortable and are extremely well made. All you need to do is apply lots of dubbin (grease) to waterproof them, either leave them natural brown or dye them black.
On the left we have an original pair of 1944 gaiters and the right the post war Bundy ones, as you can see they are very similar except the original ones are allot more flexible (so they don’t keep riding up off the top of your boots)
The correct way to fit them is to have the leather padded inner part at the bottom sitting on your boots with the fixings on the outer edge and the buckle at the back so when you strap them on the belt part points to the rear.
I would personally only get original ones they fit allot better and use the correct material (the buckles will be rusty after 60 years but just treat them with anti rust paint) the Bundy ones are cheaper but you will be constantly trying to adjust them.
There are two types of German helmet, the late war plain edge M42 (which is preferred) or the earlier rolled edge M40, both with three headliner fixing studs. Helmet colour should be field grey. Single decals, but not nessecary. Others types can be worn (Oversea’s / Spanish etc) as long as they are covered up with a splinter pattern cover at all times.
Helmets are hard to find in larger sizes and prices increase accordingly, liners are readily available in reproduction as are chinstraps, but get the thick leather straps not the wafer thin ones that some retailers sell.
When trying a helmet on make sure it has the correct liner size, as it will not fit your head if you later replace the liner with larger one, remember the shell size is the size of the steel shell not your head size so a 68 shell will be ok for a 58-60 liner size, if in doubt ask to try someone’s on to see if it fits well.
M43 Field Cap
M1943 EM Field Cap. (feldgrau) combined Bevo grey eagle. cockade green triangular backing , Replaced the M38 field cap by order dated June 11 1943, proved unpopular due to the visor interfering with the use of optics on gun sights and periscopes. Order June 8 1944 gave panzer crews a choice of either type.
M1934-8 Feldmutze Side Cap
M1934-8 EM Feldmutze Side Cap. (feldgrau) schiffchen (little ship). Bevo grey eagle. cockade both with green backing. Although order July10 1942 discontinued the use of soutache, this style of cap with inverted V soutache was worn throughout wwii.