H001881 MOUNTAIN TROOPER'S WHITE CAMOUFLAGED WINTER GAUNTLETS. (Uberhandschuhe)
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: Excellent early pair of white canvas mountain troop gauntlets. Nicely maker marked and dated for 1942. All straps complete.
GRADE ****3/4 PRICE $369.00
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