Product Description: These German Low Boot Gaiters (Gamaschen) are a great pair. These are the very desirable and scarce earlier pattern, with leather reinforcements running the length of the bottom edge. They are made of a typical Wehrmacht green linen canvas, and are factory made, issue type pieces. The closure straps are made of smooth black leather, and the buckles are the expected wartime steel style, with light surface rust. The leather bits have been factory hand stitched to the canvas. There are no visible maker marks. This perfectly matched pair of German Low Boot Gaiters shows only very light wear, with light patina. There are no holes or other damage. Honest early pattern gaiters like this are tough to find. These ones rate as excellent.
Historical Description: Learning from their experiences and defeat in the previous war, Germany would develop new strategies for warfare. The result was a hard hitting, mobile warfare, which relied on speed and coordination. It would later be known as “Blitzkrieg”. This new style of warfare would require changes to be made from how the Generals conducted operations, down to the individual soldier’s equipment. As the Third Reich began rearming Germany during the 1930’s, due to the economic situation, much of the equipment and gear the fighting forces initially received would be from the First World War. This necessary reissuing of equipment combined with the revolutionary tactics being developed forced the German military to adapt their gear and equipment to these changes. As the German economy improved and more funding was available to the military, new equipment would be developed to replace the obsolete World War One equipment. The outbreak of World War Two pushed the development and issuing of new equipment to German soldiers to new levels. New designs and manufacturing techniques were developed. As the war progressed and fortunes changed, the German Third Reich was forced to cut production time, while continuing to develop better equipment. These changes to production, combined with newer designs, produced a vast array of equipment variants. Today these variants of equipment show proof of the drastic changes made by the German Military during World War 2.
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