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EM/NCO'S CANVAS GAITERS. (Stoff Gamaschen)

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    I had no idea there were so many variations. Thanks for posting! NH

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    Do you think straps were cut down by the user or by the maker ?

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    I would say the retaining straps were modified. You usually don't see such a sharp cut. I could be wrong and it may have been an economy measure. NH

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    Hello,
    In my opinion the straps were shortened after the gaiters left the factory.
    I have seen a lot of gaiters since i collect german WWII militaria, i own many pairs, including some very late war ones and i have never seen such a feature before. The last economy measure used by the germans on gaiters has been the removal of the roller bar on the buckle.
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    PREUSSENS GLORIA

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    JPhillip - I agree. My guess is that the wearer didn't like the ends of the strap flapping around and trimmed them to look neat. I have seen other belts and straps modified including combat belts shortened, pack straps cut down or trimmed and especially binocular straps shortened. The issue binocular straps were trimmed for practical reasons - comfort and convenience. Here I think it was aesthetic. NH

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    Thanks for feedback and they are indeed neatly trimmed.

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    A pair of my late war ones. You can see the original length of the strap and also how it doesn't really "flap" around ...... quite odd to find straps cut like this and so had me thinking of a major cut down from 5 to 3 holes.

    Sorry Meyle if I skewed your thread a bit......

    Dan
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    hey, i love feedback positive and negative - always learning experience - thanks !
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    Not to put too fine a point on it - here are my late war Heer Gamaschen for comparison. These apparently were in a big pile found in storage. The funny part was how some were mixed up and two lefts or two rights were sometimes mismatched. There was some rust damage from storage and for the record I cleaned up the hardware and re-painted them in the original color grey paint. Actually used these for re-enacting for a year or two back in 1995. NH


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    Hello,
    So it looks like it's Gamaschen time....

    Here is an unissued pair of late war examples made from a canvas which is twice thicker as the usual canvas seen on gaiters...Buckles have lost their roller bar and the leather padding in the interior is made of leftover material from the production of grey leather uniforms for the Kriegsmarine.
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    PREUSSENS GLORIA

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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