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H034267 QUILTED WINTER UNDER VEST & PANTS. (Winter Zwischenweste und Zwischenhose)

BACKGROUND: 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 in April 1942 Hitler approved the chosen designs and the first models were issued in the autumn of that year. Included with these new garments were heavy, padded, reversible winter over-suits which consisted of a parka, pants and separate hoods and mittens and a quilted winter under-suit that consisted of a vest and pants. The winter under-suits were designed to be worn over the standard issue long winter underwear and beneath the standard field-grey uniform. Although produced in four sizes the bulkiness of the under-suits meant the individual would have required a field-grey uniform that was one or two sizes larger then he would normally have worn which resulted in outfitting problems. Although the under-suits proofed effective the sizing difficulties made them relatively impractical. The winter under-suits were issued 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. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms 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 uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments of higher quality. 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 to all ranks in the colder theatres of operation. This example consist of both the winter under-suit vest and pants.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Quilted, padded, rayon construction. Nicely Rbnr# marked (two makers). All complete. Near mint condition. Chest size roughly 96cm (38"). Trousers are size marked "Gr 1".

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $395.00

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