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German Army Uniforms of World War II By Dr Stephen Bull

German Army Uniforms of World War II by Dr Stephen Bull

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German Army Uniforms of World War II: A photographic guide to clothing, insignia and kit by Dr Stephen Bull

In the years after World War I, the defeated and much-reduced German Army developed new clothing and personal equipment that drew upon the lessons learned in the trenches. In place of the wide variety of uniforms and insignia that had been worn by the Imperial German Army, a standardized approach was followed, culminating in the uniform items introduced in the 1930s as the Nazi Party came to shape every aspect of German national life. The outbreak of war in 1939 prompted further adaptations and simplifications of uniforms and insignia, while the increasing use of camouflaged items and the accelerated pace of weapons development led to the appearance of new clothing and personal equipment. Medals and awards increased in number as the war went on, with grades being added for existing awards and new decorations introduced to reflect battlefield feats. Specialists such as mountain troops, tank crews and combat engineers were issued distinctive uniform items and kit, while the ever-expanding variety of fronts on which the German Army fought - from the North African desert to the Russian steppe - prompted the rapid development of clothing and equipment for different climates and conditions. In addition, severe shortages of raw materials and the demands of clothing and equipping an army that numbered in the millions forced the simplification of many items and the increasing use of substitute materials in their manufacture. In this fully illustrated book noted authority Dr Stephen Bull examines the German Army's wide range of uniforms, personal equipment, weapons, medals and awards, and offers a comprehensive guide to the transformation that the German Army soldier underwent in the period from September 1939 to May 1945.

About Dr Stephen Bull

Stephen Bull was Curator of Military History and Archaeology for Lancashire Museums, with responsibility for local regimental collections. He has worked at the National Army Museum and BBC in London and has also appeared in the TV series Battlefield Detectives. He has written numerous articles for specialist journals, including a number on the weapons and tactics of the First World War. His other books include several Osprey titles on the tactics of World Wars I and II, including most recently Churchill's Army, Allied Intelligence Handbook of the German Army and German Soldier's Pocket Manual. He lives in Preston, UK.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1: UNIFORM - Dienstrock, Feldbluse and Waffenrock; Officers' Dress; Markings and Orders of Dress; Quality and Change; The 1944 Uniform; Other Issue Clothing CHAPTER 2: HEADGEAR - Peaked and Field Caps; Tropical Headgear; The Steel Helmet; Parade Helmets and the Panzer Beret CHAPTER 3: PERSONAL EQUIPMENT - Rucksacks; Digging in and the Tent; Anti-gas Equipment; Food, Drink and Brotbeutel; Personal and Pocket Items CHAPTER 4: SMALL ARMS - Rifles; Pistols; Submachine Guns; Automatic and Semi-automatic Rifles; Grenades; Edged Weapons CHAPTER 5: SUPPORT AND SPECIAL WEAPONS - Machine Guns; Mortars; Anti-tank Weapons CHAPTER 6: SPECIAL CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT - Tanks and Motorized Uniforms; Tropical Uniform; Gebirgsjager Uniform; Winter Clothing; Other Camouflage Clothing; Women's Uniforms CHAPTER 7: HEER MEDALS AND AWARDS - Awards Sanctioned in 1939; Campaign Awards; Combat Badges; Senior Grades of the Ritterkreuz and the Deutsches Kreuz; Manufacture, Certification and Pricing SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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German Army Uniforms of World War II: A photographic guide to clothing, insignia and kit by Dr Stephen Bull
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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