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M43 Wool Tunic

Note the simplified pockets and colour of the collar on the late war wool tunic

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M40/42 Helmet

Liners are readily available in reproduction as are chinstraps, but get the thick leather straps not the wafer thin ones that some retailers sell.

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M43 Field Hat

M1943 EM Field Cap. (feldgrau) combined Bevo grey eagle. cockade green triangular backing , Replaced the M38 field cap by order dated June 11 1943, proved unpopular due to the visor interfering with the use of optics on gun sights and periscopes. Order June 8 1944 gave panzer crews a choice of either type.

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M43 Wool Trousers

Note the slash pockets, side adjusters and rear seat reinforcement on the trousers

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Ankle Boots

General construction consisted of leather soles, steel studs, woodern pegs, part rough leather uppers, eyelets and hooks, leather laces. Early war most of the German army used a mix of jack boots and ankle boots, mainly supplied natural leather with separate dye and dubbin etc which the soldier had to apply himself, late war they were just supplied the boots natural and it was up to them to proof them etc, so you will see allot of black and light / dark brown boots late war.

Look for low ankle boots without steel toe caps, studded or rubber sole. 

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Socks

Thick grey wool socks, size donated by the white rings at the top of the sock leg 1-4 rings = small to extra large.

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M40/42 Helmet

There are two types of German helmet, the late war plain edge M42 (which is preferred) or the earlier rolled edge M40, both with three headliner fixing studs. Helmet colour should be field grey. 

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Gaiters

On the left we have an original pair of 1944 gaiters and the right the post war Bundy ones, as you can see they are very similar except the original ones are a lot more flexible (so they don’t keep riding up off the top of your boots).

The correct way to fit them is to have the leather padded inner part at the bottom sitting on your boots with the fixings on the outer edge and the buckle at the back so when you strap them on the belt part points to the rear.

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