H022559 EM/NCO'S WINTER MARCHING BOOTS. (Marschstiefel für Winter)

BACKGROUND: Besides the helmet, the tall, blackened leather boot is probably one of the most instantly recognizable items of the German military. However the German’s concern with leather shortages was evident as early as September 1939 when issue of the traditional tall leather marching boot was restricted to personnel serving in the field. Regulations in November 1939 shortened the tall leather marching boot in an attempt to conserve leather. Additional regulations in August 1940, introduced the canvas gaiters to be worn with the short lace up ankle boots, and issued to all second line troops in a further effort to conserve leather. By 1941 the short lace up ankle boots and gaiters were issued to all new recruits in place of the marching boot as a cost and leather saving technique. By 1943 with increased leather shortages the gaiter’s and lace up ankle boots were issued in ever larger quantities and production of the tall marching boots was discontinued altogether. Officer and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms including footwear and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their footwear from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase footwear of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their footwear from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately manufactured footwear although the price may have been restrictive. This example is quite unusual in that the interior calves are lined in mottled, grey wool.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Multi-panel, blackened leather construction boots are roughly, 14" tall from the top of the heel to the top of the back calf section. The boots have a stitched on, dual layer, central, vertical, spine to the reverse. The calf sections of the boots have a horizontal stitched seam positioned above the ankles. The foot portion of the boots are constructed of two leather panels with a large forward panel and a smaller rear panel covering the heel area. The boots have stacked leather heels and forward soles with rubber bottom panels. The insteps and forward soles have the typical, diamond shaped, wooden, retaining dowels. The interior top edge of the boots have all four of the original, vertical, black, cotton/rayon pull tabs intact although two have torn. The interior calf, mottled grey wool linings have numerous small rips and tears and moth grazing. The boots are in overall very good condition with minimal chafe wear and the leather is still quite supple. The boots are roughly size 8.

GRADE ***1/4                             PRICE $155.00

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