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The lowly Gamaschen - who collects them??

Article about: The lowest of clothing items ( pun intended ) is the Gamaschen - or gaiter - that the Germans used with their low boots. Hated by many but certainly ubiquitous to the mid to late war soldier

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    The lowest of clothing items ( pun intended ) is the Gamaschen - or gaiter - that the Germans used with their low boots.

    Hated by many but certainly ubiquitous to the mid to late war soldier.....

    This is my offering - a late war ( stamped W44 ) unissued pair. A good indicator of period is the non-roller buckle and the 3 strap holes .... the Bundeswehr used similar ones but always had a roller buckle and five holes in longer straps ( just to trap the unwary )

    Cheers, Dan
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    I one old vaguely MIL looking set in OD somewhere.

    I use a modern set of gaiters on a regular basis in the woods.
    They really work well for keeping crud n mud off the trouser.
    Not a bad idea at all.

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    Never knew the difference in the non rolling buckle on a war period pair, and the rolling buckle on a post war pair. Is the material of the canvas and the leather the same between war time and post war Gamaschen?

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    Quote by Feuerbach View Post
    Never knew the difference in the non rolling buckle on a war period pair, and the rolling buckle on a post war pair. Is the material of the canvas and the leather the same between war time and post war Gamaschen?
    I think the material is the same - that's what makes it hard to tell. And the BW ones that come onto the market are equally worn so unless you check the strap holes and buckles you get fooled.....
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    What if they have a roller buckle but 3 holes on the straps?
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    You can't beat a good pair of "retreat gaiters"!....
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    Quote by Danmark View Post
    the Bundeswehr used similar ones but always had a roller buckle and five holes in longer straps ( just to trap the unwary )Cheers, Dan
    and here's a pair of July 1963 dated Bundeswehr ones for comparison.............................
    Proist ! Steve.
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    Quote by don_kihotis7 View Post
    What if they have a roller buckle but 3 holes on the straps?
    Well then my source is incorrect! !!!
    Here is an obvious exception.

    Thanks Don.
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    very nice set dan ,but alas i only own the west german version like stevefor learning purposes ill post mine too Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks James! .... I guess as Don has shown one cant be dogmatic on the roller buckle - but the five hole strap is the main indicator ( obviously the BW soldiers had fatter ankles ...... )

    Thanks all, Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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