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by Vincent Slegers

This is the first thorough and in-depth study to cover all aspects of the winter uniforms issued to and used by the ground-based troops of the German Army and Air Force during World War II. This book offers a definite overview, covering all uniform pieces and accessories, ranging from coats to scarves, and their developments, used materials, insignia and markings. The book is clearly illustrated with over 180 period black-and-white images and illustrations and up to 200 contemporary, full-color photographs, resulting in an overview with unprecedented detail.
Download Winter Uniforms of the German Army and Luftwaffe in World War II epub
ISBN: 0764337521
ISBN13: 978-0764337529
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Vincent Slegers
Language: English
Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (September 21, 2011)
Pages: 272 pages
ePUB size: 1601 kb
FB2 size: 1356 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Did not learn anything new by this book. Still an excellent book, hard back, excellent photos, excellent addition to my library. Recommend it for the price.

With the creation of the Wehrmacht in 1935, new types of uniforms were instituted. This being the Felduniform for the Heer and the Kleinen Dienstanzug for the Luftwaffe. Both underwent varying modifications during the war, resulting in a vast array of different types and variations, of which most were based on the previous model. However, not every modification of a certain uniform piece resulted in a new Felduniform or Kleinen Dienstanzug.

The German High Command had hoped to have captured Moscow by October, 1941, after having fought a so-called blitzkrieg. At the beginning of Unternehmen Barbarossa, the blitzkrieg was quite successful, with advances of over 40 kilometers a day. However, it was suddenly grounded to a halt by the unexpected arrival of the autumn, which announced a period of heavy rainfall. This rainfall turned the Russian roads, which were vital for the German advance, into mud pools, demobilising the Germans forces completely. The once so unstoppable blitzkrieg had changed into a so-called Stelungskrieg, a war of positions, which would last until at least spring of the following year, as the circumstances wouldn't allow new offensives and military operations until then. Once the Sclammperiode, the mud season, changed into winter, it became painfully clear that the German forces were insufficiently prepared for the harsh Russian winter. It was planned that Moscow would have been captured before winter by blitzkrieg tactics; hence, no proper winter gear was available.

Its not that the German Army didn't have winter uniforms (they had been part of their issue since the creation of the Wehrmacht in 1935), they just didn't bring them along when they invaded the former Soviet Union. Further complicating this problem was Generalquartiermeister des Heeres Eduard Wagner's decision to withhold orders to start production and the distribution of adequate winter garments in late, 1941. Hence, the Heer was ill-equipped for the harsh conditions of the Russian winter, leading many soldiers to freeze to death.

But once this situation was fixed, successive Russian winters transformed the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front from the fast-moving technologically advanced force of the blitzkrieg years and Operation BARBAROSSA into one that slowly became "de-modernized", less mobile and more defense-orientated, although the Wehrmacht's growing reliance upon defensive operations was in any case virtually inevitable in light of the burgeoning strength of the Red Army from late 1942. However, the experience of combat during the Russian winter immeasurably hardened many of the soldiers and units who fought on the Eastern Front, significantly enhancing their
effectiveness when they were later engaged elsewhere-including against the Anglo-U.S. forces in the West after June, 1944.

In WINTER UNIFORMS OF THE GERMAN ARMY AND THE LUFTWAFFE IN WORLD WAR II, author Vincent Siegers gives the reader the first comprehensive overview to accurately depict the winter clothing of both the German Army and Air Force. Using over 380 photographs (both black and white and color), the author covers everything from coats to scarves. The chapters include such topics as: Standard Uniforms and Materials, Makeshift Winter Garments, Long Coats, Ski Suits and Snow Camouflage Garments, Winter Suits, Thermal Garments and Body Warmers, Fur Uniforms, Uniform Accessories, Headdress, Footwear, Insignia, and Markings. If you are a military enthusiast, a collector, or a military historian of World War II, this well researched book offers you a complete guide to the German Army and Luftwaffe winter uniforms and accessories.

Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
Orlando, Florida
This is an excellent, well written book. The amount of detail regarding all aspects of winter uniforms used by the army and luftwaffe is astonishing! Everything from regulations and examples of using newspaper as insulation to the issuing of trench coats and reversible snow suits. There is also a section detailing the different types of camouflage patterns used for the snow suits. The pictures are very detailed on every uniform item with both modern shots of the authors collection as well as multiple period pictures for each item discussed. I have spent hours scrutinizing the period pictures alone since I haven't seen the majority of them before. In short, this is a book to own. This book has a permanent spot in my library.