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H007062 EM'S KNIT MITTENS. (Handschuhe)

BACKGROUND: While officers and NCO’s wore grey suede or leather gloves with field, service, guard, parade and reporting dress enlisted personnel only wore them on occasions when commanded. The winter knitted gloves were distributed to all 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. The enlisted personnel’s knitted winter gloves were issued in four sizes of small, medium, large or extra-large and were marked accordingly with one to four green or white rings on the cuffs. Besides the knitted gloves, knitted mittens were also utilized on a limited basis. Of Note: Although the winter mittens were suitable for the western European climate with the first devastating winter of 1941-1942 on the Russian front the German army found that it was drastically under equipped with cold weather garments to withstand the severe cold and a wide variety of improvised garments including a broad assortment of donated civilian garments were utilized as a temporary solution. To rectify the situation the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), began testing heavier winter clothing in the spring of 1942 to develop suitable garments for the Russian front. Numerous winter garments were developed and issued for the winter of 1942-1943 and included additional heavier winter mittens for issue to all personnel serving in Russia during the winter months. Of Note: Originally Officers and senior NCO’s responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and headgear were required to purchase the new winter garments until regulations of December 1942 extended the issue winter clothing including mittens to all ranks in the colder theatres of operation.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Ribbed, machine knitted, grey wool/rayon blend construction mittens with an additional index "trigger" finger to each. The mittens have long, extended cuffs with a looser knit at the wrist area and a tighter knit to the actual cuffs. Each mitten has one interwoven, white size ring indicating size small. Miss-matched. The mittens show age and use, but overall good condition. Scarce.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $90.00

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