H001291 OFFICER/NCO'S BOOTS. (Marschstiefel)

BACKGROUND: Besides the helmet, the tall, blackened leather boot is probably one of the most instantly recognizable items of the German military. However the Germanís concern with leather shortages was evident as early as September 1939 when issue of the traditional tall leather marching boot was restricted to personnel serving in the field. Regulations in November 1939 shortened the tall leather marching boot in an attempt to conserve leather. Additional regulations in August 1940, introduced the canvas gaiters to be worn with the short lace up ankle boots, and issued to all second line troops in a further effort to conserve leather. By 1941 the short lace up ankle boots and gaiters were issued to all new recruits in place of the marching boot as a cost and leather saving technique. By 1943 with increased leather shortages the gaiterís and lace up ankle boots were issued in ever larger quantities and production of the tall marching boots was discontinued altogether. Officer and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms including footwear and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the armyís Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCOís could choose to purchase their footwear from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase footwear of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their footwear from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately manufactured footwear although the price may have been restrictive.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Private purchase, multi-panel, blackened leather construction boots are roughly, 41cm tall from the top of the heel to the top of the back calf section. The boots have a wide, stitched on, dual layer, central, vertical, spine to the reverse. Pull tabs are complete (torn in one of the boots). Worn and used examples. Boots measure 30cm from the heal to the toe tip.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $298.00

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