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German Gamaschen: Throughout WWII, Germany's armed forces issued leggings with the low boots. They vary in color, fabric and details. By 1943, they had begun to completely replace the jackboot- but this was never completely affected. Many soldiers preferred the taller boot and managed to maintain or find replacements. Although they vary in color and detail, the WWII Gamaschen are all of the same design- two canvas panels, about 6" wide, usually reinforced along the bottom, fastened via two straps & buckles.

As with many German WWII items, the shade variations the millions of leggings manufactured cause quite a bit of hand wringing and debate among modern hobbyists. There are three broad color categories associated with different services: Gray/ field gray (Heer/ SS), field blue (Luftwaffe), and Aqua-green (Police). The leather straps can be black, brown, or undyed (light tan). The strap color is only a manufacturing variation- it is not significant otherwise.
The canvas varies from a high-quality cotton duck early in the War, which was gradually replaced with a coarse linen material later on.

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