L011059 WOOL & LEATHER WINTER BOOTS. (Wolle und Lederstiefel)

BACKGROUND: The felt and leather boots were originally introduced after the first devastating winter in Russian as the standard leather marching boots didn’t provide the warmth required in the extreme cold. The felt and leather boots came in two styles with a lighter weight style which offered warmth and enabled the wearer to retain a degree of mobility and a second heavier felt and leather over-boot intended for wear by stationary guards and sentinels. The lighter style felt and leather boots were designed to replace the leather marching boot while the heavier felt and leather over-boots were designed to slip over the leather marching boot. Both of the boots gained widespread popularity by all personnel in the sub-zero temperatures on the Eastern front. Both styles of the felt and leather boots 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 clothing depot in April for storage, repair and cleaning to be reissued the following September. Originally Officers and senior NCO’s responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and footwear were required to purchase the felt and leather winter boots until regulations of December 1942 extended the issue winter clothing and footwear to all ranks in the colder theatres of operation. Of Note: Luftwaffe personnel initially utilized brown leather accoutrements but during the war the leather items were generally blackened. This example is somewhat unusual in that the manufacturer utilized wool, as opposed to the standard felt.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Coarsely woven, dark blue/grey wool and tan leather construction boots are roughly, 14 1/2" tall from the top of the heel to the top of the back calf section. The top 9 1/2" of the calves are in dark blue/grey wool, with evenly spaced rows of vertical, reinforcement stitching, while the bottom 5" are in tan leather. The boots have a machine stitched, dual-ply, central, vertical, tan leather spine to both the obverse and reverse and small vertical leather panels to each side of the upper calves. The upper foot portion of the boots are constructed of five leather panels with a large forward foot panel, two, rear, ankle panels and two, heel panels with machine stitched seams. The boots have stacked leather heels and forward soles. The insteps and forward soles both show the typical, diamond shaped, wooden retaining dowels. The toes both have, small, half-moon shaped, steel plates nailed in place. The top edges of the calf sections are trimmed in a narrow strip of blackened leather with a "V" slash to the reverse center. The interior of the boots have all four of the original, vertical, white fabric pull tabs intact. The boots have no visible size or manufacturer’s markings. The boots are in overall very good condition with light age and usage toning and light chafe wear to the still supple leather. The boots are roughly size 8.

GRADE ***3/4                             PRICE $205.00

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