H063178 ABDOMEN/KIDNEY WARMER. (Leibbinde)

BACKGROUND: After the winter of 1941 on the Russian front the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), saw the need for heavier winter clothing and testing began in the spring of 1942 to develop suitable garments. In April 1942 Hitler approved the design of a winter suit and the first models were issued in the autumn of that year. Although the new winter suits were a welcome respite from the cold of the Russian winters numerous other additional warmth protection garments continued to be developed and issued including the abdomen/kidney warmer. The abdomen/kidney warmers were worn beneath the underwear and next to the skin which resulted in them being not so affectionately referred to as the, Lausgürtel, (Louse girdle). As with other winter clothing items the abdomen/kidney warmers were issued in the autumn with and were to be return to the units clothing depot in the spring for storage. The abdomen/kidney warmers saw widespread usage on the Russian front.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Private purchase, belt like, abdomen/kidney warmer. All complete with original buckles and straps. Original makers tag, size marked "80".

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $125.00

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