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H021272 MOUNTAIN TROOPER'S WINTER CAMOUFLAGE ANORAK. (Schneewindbluse)

BACKGROUND: Due to their role in the potentially snowy mountainous regions Mountain troop personnel were issued a winter camouflage wind blouse as early as 1938, but other branches of service were not outfitted with any winter camouflage garments. The severe cold encountered on the Russian front in the winter of 1941 found the Germans completely unprepared not only in heat retaining cold weather garments but also snow camouflage garments. This resulted in numerous, hastily improvised and makeshift heat retaining and snow camouflage items being utilized including everything from civilian winter clothing to white bed sheets. After the winter of 1941 the Oberkommando des Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), recognized the need for heavier winter clothing and testing began in the spring of 1942 to develop suitable garments. In April 1942 Hitler approved the chosen design, and the first models were issued in the autumn of that year, in the reversible blue/grey/white colorations, which was modified to camouflage pattern/white combinations in 1943. Included with these new garments were heavy, padded, reversible winter suits which consisted of a parka, pants, hoods and mittens. Although the suits proved quite effective they were very difficult to keep clean and launder which resulted in the use of easily washable, light weight, white snow camouflage shirts and two piece uniforms that were to be worn over the heavy padded uniforms to keep them clean and still provide suitable camouflage. Originally these lightweight snow camouflage uniforms were officially introduced exclusively for Mountain troops in late 1941 or early 1942 but they were soon issued to personnel in all branches of service by 1943. The earliest models of these uniforms were produced in a white fabric which was soon altered to a reversible white/green or field-grey model. Of Note: The winter garments were a standard issue item and were distributed to EM/NCO’s for the winter season, (September 15TH to April 15TH), with other winter garments and were to be returned to the units storage depot at the end of the season for reissue the following year.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, three quarter length, light weight white cotton construction , non-reversible, pull-over, snow camouflage anorak features a short, vertical, V-neck slash with five pair of alloy lace grommets and a white drawstring. The V-neck slash has an underlying, wind flap panel with a single button hole and a corresponding button to the interior. The anorak has three horizontally aligned patch pockets running across the upper breast. The two side pockets feature reversed box pleats while the central pocket is non-pleated and all three pockets have scalloped button down flaps. The anorak has a tunnel looped fit adjustment drawstring positioned horizontally at the waistline. The drawstring is only accessible from the interior. The anorak has straight cut, dual-ply hemmed, sleeve cuffs with three, small, vertical tapering darts and a horizontal fit adjustment straps, steel gripper buckles are missing. The anorak has an integral hood with a tunnel looped drawstring to the forward edge with two corresponding alloy grommets. The bottom edge of the tail skirt has a dual-ply hem. The interior of the anorak has a unique, vertical, securing strap machine stitched to the lower reverse tail skirt. The securing strap has four stitched button eyelets with a corresponding button positioned on the interior lower front tail skirt. The securing strap was designed to go between the wearers legs and affix to the button on the interior front tail skirt. The interior reverse back panel also has an additional button designed to hold the securing strap out of the way when not in use. The interior of the hood is well marked with black size inkstamps and, "M41" indicating it passed through the army’s clothing depot in Munich in 1941. The anorak is in overall very good condition with a few small picks and pulls and light age and usage toning. The buttons are all the molded white bakelite type and appear to have their original stitching. The anoraks were cut large enough to fit over the standard uniform and this example would fit a roughly 42" chest. Near perfect.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $805.00 (Or Best Offer)

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