Uniforms

 

 

Dot 44 camoflauge uniform

In early 1944, the Waffen-SS introduced a new uniform, meant to replace the pullover camouflage smocks as well as extend the service life of the wool uniform. It consisted of a tunic and trouser, very similar in pattern to the M43 wool uniform. The camouflage pattern was dubbed "Erbsenmuster" (Peas pattern) and was meant to be used in all seasons, dispensing with the need for the reversible uniforms.
The new uniform was produced on both herringbone twill and cotton twill fabric. Numerous shade variations exist, though this was a factor of erratic printing quality rather than any intentional alterations to the pattern

 

 

 

 

M43 wool feldgrau uniform

The M43 saw the removal of all pleats and scalloped flaps from the field tunic, and pockets began to be cut straight rather than with rounded edges. Many M43 tunics were made with a much simplified version of the internal suspension system, or omitted it entirely. The M series tunic (Felbluse) still retained the traditional Imperial and Reichswehr uniform color of grey-green "field gray" (feldgrau) wool, but incorporated the four front patch pockets with flaps. The Heer version of this Feldbluse has 6 buttons while the SS version retained the traditional 5 buttons. The shorter "skirt" of the tunic is another trademark of the WW2 German Feldbluse.

 

 

 

 

SS M43 Einheitsfeldmütze (enlisted)

In 1943 a cap in field-grey wool with a visor intermediate in length between the mountain and tropical versions was issued to all troops for field wear only; it quickly became the most commonly seen soft headgear at the front.

 

SS M40 Feldmütze "Schiffchen" (enlisted man's overseas cap)

The original soft cover for the Heer, introduced in 1934, was a folding garrison or envelope cap in feldgrau wool, similar to that worn by American, Soviet and RAF personnel but with a "scoop" in the front; the Schiffchen ("little ship") was popular, convenient, and worn throughout the war.

 

 

Schnürschuhe (low ankle boots with hobnails) & Gamaschen (Gaiters)

The model 1937 Scnhürschuhe was issued to the soldiers with the Drillichanzug since their introduction in the late 30s and were worn mainly for barracks duties. Photographic evidence shows that they began to see the battlefield quite early in the war

 

Marschstieffel (jackboots with hobnails)

Hobnailed Jackboots date from before the Napoleonic era, they became popular with the Germanic armies in the mid to late 19th century because of their perceived durability over "lesser" boots. Worn out boots were considered a major problem for armies on the march.

 

Headgear and Footwear are a couple of items you will want to start with, as loaner gear in these categories is a little more scarce. Shoes and hats are usually something guys don't tend to share very much for obvious hygiene reasons

At the Front is another good source for these items as well as Hessen Antique or even Lost Battalions.