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H072875 EM/NCO'S ANKLE BOOTS.(Schnürschuhe)
BACKGROUND: Besides the helmet, the tall, blackened, leather "Jack", boot is probably one of the most instantly recognizable items of the German military. The German’s concern with leather shortages was evident as early as September 1939 when issue of the traditional, tall, leather, boots were restricted to personnel serving in the field. Regulations in November 1939 shortened the tall, leather, boots in an attempt to conserve leather. Interestingly prior to WWI all EM/NCO’s were equipped with ankle boots with a unique, side lace-up system that was altered to a front lace-up system in 1914. The ankle boots were not intended for wear in the field but were favored by the troops which resulted in regulations of autumn 1915 that introduced a heavier ankle boot to be worn with leather gaiters in the field. In 1919 during the Reichswehr era, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), a revised pattern of the heavy ankle boot was introduced but they were replaced with the tall marching boots in 1922. During the Third Reich era the lace-up ankle boots were worn as an optional item with tall leather leggings by Officer’s ranks and with the straight legged, long pants and the drill/work uniform pants by EM/NCO’s primarily for training duties. As a result of concerns about leather shortages regulations in early 1940 prescribed the lace-up ankle boots for wear in the field and additional regulations in August 1940, introduced new canvas gaiters to be worn with the lace-up, ankle boots and they were issued to all second line troops in a further effort to conserve leather. By 1941 the short, lace-up, ankle boots and gaiters were issued to all new recruits in place of the tall boots as a cost and leather saving technique. By 1943 with increased leather shortages the gaiters and lace-up, ankle boots were issued in ever larger quantities and production of the tall boots was discontinued altogether, at least for EM personnel. The early ankle boots were outfitted with a small fabric "pull tab", at the reverse, top, center but regulations of January 1940 discontinued the pull tabs. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms including footwear 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 footwear from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase footwear of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their footwear from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately manufactured footwear although the price may have been restrictive. Of Note: Although the short, lace-up, ankle boots and gaiters were completely serviceable they proved quite unpopular with the troops and a great deal of effort was put into the care and maintenance of the tall "Jack" boots by those personnel who had retained them. Of Note: As a result of the ankle boots and gaiter’s unpopularity the gaiters were often referred to with derogatory nicknames such as, Timoschenko-socken, (Timoshenko-socks), referring to Marshal of the Soviet Union, Semyon Timoshenko, and Rückzugsgamaschen, (Retreat Gaiters).
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Post-January 1940, blackened leather construction ankle boots. Superb markings. Roughly a size 9. Excellent!
GRADE ****1/4 PRICE $
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