BACKGROUND: The development of camouflage clothing and equipment had began in the German army in WWI, and continued through the Weimar Reichswehr era. The geometric splinter pattern was developed in the early 1930's and was first adopted for use with the quarter shelter/poncho in late 1931. Further developments modified the original splinter pattern by softly blurring the distinct geometric pattern and slightly altering the coloration. This modified camouflage pattern was designated the Tan/water camouflage and was once again altered by an even stronger blurring of the distinct geometric pattern during the war. After the winter of 1941 on the Russian front the German high command saw 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 colourations, which was modified to camouflage pattern/white combinations in 1943. Included with these new garments were heavy, padded, reversible winter hood.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Waterproofed cotton duck and cotton/rayon blend construction hood with printed splinter pattern camouflage to one side in shades of greens, tans, and browns, reversible to white with an internal padding. The hood is cut in seven panels with five panels for the actual hood and an additional two panels for the neck and shoulder cowling. Each side of the hood has an elongated vertically oval ear panel which reveals the internal ersatz padding. The ear panels were designed to retain warmth while still allowing the wearer to hear. The hood has an extended, vertically darted section to the left front panel, with a small vertical slash. HBT rayon tie tapes are complete. Rbnr# marked. Nice clean example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $239.00

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