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1943-44 German Infantry Uniform


Required Items 1:
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Required Items 1:
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Required Items 2:
Field Gear

 

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Uniform 1943-1944

Uniform Requirements

These are the minimum Uniform requirements for a German Wehrmacht Infantry impression for 1943-1944.

  1. Combat Field Tunic M40 or M42
  2. Tunic Insignia and GD Shoulder Boards
  3. Internal Tunic Suspenders and Belt Hooks
  4. Service Shirt
  5. Trousers M42 or M43
  6. Trouser Suspenders
  7. Field Cap M38 or M42
  8. Period Socks
  9. Jack Boots

Uniform

Combat Tunic

Unit Requirement: A reproduction feldgrau wool Heer combat tunic model M-40 or M-42 is appropriate to wear at all of our events, the M-43 at all except early war events. The very early M36 should not be worn without prior approval. The late war M44 and the cotton summer uniform are allowed at specified events only. We highly recommend obtaining a second and even a third tunic for use at different events and different times. All members should obtain the wool base tunic before obtaining another. If necessary the tunic should be altered for a good fit by a local tailor.

German: Feldbluse (field tunic)

Information: For more information about the German Feldbluse of the Second World War, you should read this fabulous book “FELDBLUSE: The German Army Field Tunic 1933-1945” (linked at the bottom of this page).

Feldbluse Insignia

Unit Requirement: Five pieces of insignia are needed: two Wehrmacht Enlisted Collar Tabs (white or generic), two Wehrmacht Enlisted Shoulder Boards (white piped, dark green wool, GD Cypher), and one Wehrmacht M40 or M43 EM Breast Eagle (BeVo) sewn above the right breast pocket of the Feldbluse.

German: Waffenfarbe (troop function insignia color), Kragenenden (litzen), Schulterklappen (shoulder boards), das Hoheitszeichen (National Emblem)

Information: The picture here shows the Wehrmacht Enlisted Infantry white piped shoulder boards, the M43 breast eagle, and the Generic Late War Enlisted Collar Tabs. The Heer wear the eagle above the right breast in a long tradition that the SS were not a part of (worn on left arm). The white piped shoulder boards and collar insignia denote the infantry branch of service. The later war generic collar tabs in green are also very common and appropriate.

Feldbluse Internal Suspenders and Belt Hooks

Unit Requirement: Two Feldbluse Internal Load Bearing straps (internal suspenders) and four aluminum Belt Hooks.

German: Koppelhaken (belt hooks)

Information: These go literally inside the internal lining of the combat tunic. The small aluminum hooks fasten to these straps and then poke out one of the three small holes in the front and rear of the tunic. The leather combat belt then sits atop these hooks. The internal suspenders and hooks provide load bearing support for your field equipment and a tight appearance with the belt placed high above the waist line. Those who purchased an M42 or later tunic need not pick up the straps, but will still need the belt hooks.

Service Shirt

Unit Requirement: Gray or green, reproduction cotton/linen knit or poplin service shirt.

German: Arbeitshemd (work or service shirt)

Information: Starting the war with an impractical white collarless shirt, the 1940 gray service shirt started pocket less and later with two pleated breast pockets large enough to hold a Soldbuch. The shirts are longer then the regular white dress shirt. The cloth could be knit, aertex or cotton poplin. This gray cotton shirt is worn underneath the tunic. The continental shirt was gray but in Afrika it can in tan or green, and a short sleeve version existed. In 1944 authorized wear included pulling the shirt color out above the field tunic collar obscuring the tunic litzen.

Combat Trousers

Unit Requirement: Feldgrau wool M42 or M43 tapered trousers with cotton stirrups preferred over the Feldgrau M-40 strait leg trousers. Feldgrau only.

German: Langehosen (M-36 and M-40 strait legged trousers), Keilhosen (M-42 or M-43 tapered trousers), Rundbundhosen (M-43 Belted Trousers)

Information: The stone gray straight legged trousers were common early in the war. By 1941 these had been replaced with the same Feldgrau color used in the tunics in order to simplify supply. By 1942-43 another trouser was issued that tapered at the legs and had a reinforced seat. Again later another issue in 1943-1944 with trousers that had a built in cloth belt, after the Afrika Korps style. These last trousers allowed suspenders to be dropped, as suspenders had become impractical, requiring the removal of combat equipment and tunic to let down ones trousers.

Trouser Suspenders

Unit Requirement: Reproduction WWII German military trouser suspenders with leather or braided cord ends. A period appropriate waist belt is also OK.

German: Hosentraeger (suspenders)

Information: I have no information about the suspenders ("braces" in England) of WW2. If you do and would like to share please contact us.

Field Cap

Unit Requirement: Wehrmacht feldgrau enlisted M38 or M42 side cap.

German: Feldmütze (Field Service Cap), die Einheitsfeldmütze (1943 General Issues Field Cap)

Information: The 1938 model had an inverted chevron with color that indicated the wearers branch of service, white for infantry. It was also designed so that the sides could be pulled down over ones ears when cold. The 1942 model did away with the chevron and instead two small buttons that allowed the wearer to pull the sides of the hat down under the chin. In 1943 a new style of military cap was introduced with design based upon the cap used in Afrika. This hat had a bill and movable sides buttoned together in the front like the M-42.

Socks

Unit Requirement: Reproduction German gray wool military socks with size rings, period wool civilian socks or wool foot wraps.

German: Socken (Socks), Fußlappen (Foot Wraps)

Information: Fußlappen are square or rectangular cloths made of wool or cotton flannel. Commonly issued to the men of the Wehrmacht, wrapping a foot takes special care but if done properly they are comfortable and very long lasting. Wehrmacht issued wool socks are gray and marked with white size rings; one ring for small, two for medium and three for large. German soldiers also frequently wore civilian socks, a popular gift from the home front.

Combat Boots

Unit Requirement: Quality reproduction, black leather marching boots. For field use may also want to obtain a pair of black or brown, leather ankle combat boots. German mountain boots are not appropriate. All boots must be leather soled with hobnails, stacked leather heel and heel irons. Getting good quality boots is important, be sure to contact the unit for latest information.

German: Schnurschühe (Low Combat Boots), Marschstiefel (Marching Boots), Bergschühe (Climbing Boots)

Information: Economizing on leather, issue of the low ankle boot started in 1941 and were common by late 1942. These boots can be found in both black and natural brown. Soles were stitched and/or pegged in place. A series of steel studs, hobnails, protected the leather sole and provided that unique sound of marching troops.

Gaiters

Unit Requirement: Reproduction brownish-green or Bundeswehr post war canvas and leather gaiters. These are only needed when used with the ankle boots and not jack boots.

German: Gemaschen (Gaiters)

Information: Issue of canvas gaiters became more and more common by 1943 due to diminishing supply's of leather for tall marching boots. Not well liked by the soldiers who much admired that symbol of militarism, the tall black marching boots, they were nonetheless the most common thing found on the Soldaten's ankles. The gaiters can be worn with any type of trousers but the M43 were designed for wear with gaiters.

Other Uniform Options

Other Uniform Options

Cold Weather Uniform
  • Winter Parka in Splinter Camouflage or Mouse Gray (highly recommended)
  • Winter Padded Trousers in Slinter Camouflage or Mouse Gray
  • Wool Gloves (highly recommended)
  • Scarf or Toque (highly recommended)
  • Great Coat
  • Winter Felt Boots
Other Uniform Options:
  • Green HBT Tunic and Pants (use at designated summer events)
  • White Drill Uniform (use in camp only)
  • Dress Tunic (M36) (use at every event on Saturday evenings)
  • M44 Tunic (use at late war events only)
  • M43 cap
  • Ankle boots and Gemaschen

Further Research

For more information about WWII German & Wehrmacht Uniforms, try these resources. (click to view)

Waffenrock:
Parade Uniforms of the
German Army
FELDBLUSE
The German Army
Field Tunic 1933-45
German Army Uniforms
of World War II
Camouflage Uniforms
of the German Wehmacht
Manufacturers
German Army
Uniforms and
Insignia 1933-1945
German Soldiers
of World War Two
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