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H048677 EM/NCO'S WINTER MITTENS. (Handschuhe)

BACKGROUND: The winter mittens were a standard issue item and were distributed to all 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. Of Note: Although the winter mittens were a standard issue item 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 issued for the winter of 1942-1943 and included additional heavier winter mittens for issue to all personnel serving in Russia during the winter months. Of Note: 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 including mittens to all ranks in the colder theatres of operation.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Non-reversible, field-grey, wool/rayon blend construction mittens with an additional index "trigger" finger to each and extended cuffs. The mittens have machine stitched seams and are fully lined with a mottled, grey wool, blanket material. The cuff of the left mitten has a grey leather, button holed, tab stitched to the outside seam and the right mitten has a corresponding, coiled, blackened leather tab stitched to the outside seam designed to keep the two mittens together or suspend them from a uniform button.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $90.00

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