H029176 MOUNTAIN TROOPER'S PUTTEES. (Knöchelwetzstreifen)

BACKGROUND: During WWII the German army fielded nine Mountain Divisions with an additional six Waffen-SS Mountain Divisions. Generally speaking the Mountain Divisions were specially trained and equipped Infantry Divisions. Due to the nature of the terrain and the commonly colder climate that the Mountain Divisions were expected to serve in, special clothing, footwear and equipment was developed specifically for their use. All Mountain troopers, were issued with the specially designed, distinctive mountain trousers, ankle boots and ankle puttees as part of their regular clothing and equipment issue. The ankle puttees were designed specifically to be worn with the mountain trousers and boots to prevent snow from entering. The ankle puttees would be attached to boots and start with a dual wrap around each ankle with each subsequent wrap half overlapping the previous one and generally they would cover up to about the mid-calf of the wearer.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The puttees consist of two finely woven, green wool/rayon blend construction strips with one end of each having a vertical, dual-ply hem while the other ends are folded and stitched in a triangular pattern creating a pointed tip. The pointed tip end of each puttee has the addition of a wool/rayon blend construction strip with a unique, nickel/silver plated sheet metal, buckle. The other, dual-ply hemmed ends each have a small, horizontal, dual-ply reinforcement panel and a nickel/silver plated sheet metal button with a small, integral hook. The small hooks were designed to be secured to the front boot openings and the buckles would be slipped over the narrow end straps to secure the puttees in place. The hook securing buttons are both well marked with the impressed letters, "L", indicating Links, (Left), and, "R", indicating Rechts, (Right). The puttees are in overall very good condition with minor age and usage toning. Scarce.

GRADE ****                                                 PRICE $299.00

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