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. In late 1941 or early 1942 a lightweight, snow camouflage uniform consisting of a pull-over anorak and pants was officially introduced exclusively for Mountain troop personnel but they were eventually issued to personnel serving in all branches of service by 1943. The earliest models of the lightweight, snow camouflage uniforms were produced in a white fabric which was soon altered to a reversible white/green or white/field-grey model. Of Note: The winter garments including the anorak and pants were a standard issue item and were distributed to 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. 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. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive. 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. The anoraks were designed to fit over the standard uniform and equipment and as a result were cut quite large.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Later pattern, three quarter length, lightweight, waterproofed, white and tan, linen construction reversible, pull-over, snow camouflage anorak features a short, vertical, V-neck slash with five pair of alloy lace-up drawstring grommets. Buttons are all original stitching. This example is in overall excellent condition with only a few minor holes/worn areas mostly to the reverse of the anorak. The anoraks were cut large enough to fit over the standard uniform and this example would fit a roughly 44" chest. Nice example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $850.00 (Or Best Offer)

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