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Heer Tropical Trousers
Heer Tropical Trousers


 
Price: $74.99

Product Code: GUTDAK


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In 1940, the Wehrmacht designed a series of uniforms and equipment for troops operating in hot weather areas. Initially troops were issued with corduroy breeches which proved to be unpopular. By 1941, more practical straight leg trousers had appeared. These are made from the same uniform cloth as the cap and tunic, lined in white cotton twill, and feature a built in belt made from 4cm HBT web and fixed with a unique 3-prong buckle. This style of trouser was worn throughout the North African desert campaigns, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and is occasionally seen on troops in France and Russia.

ATF's Tropical Uniforms: As with most other products, these uniforms are absolutely unique to us. The majority of vendors sell the uniforms made by Sturm or one of the Chinese dealers on ebay. These are in no way related. Our contractor used my original 1st Model tunic, fabric samples from an original, unissued uniform (that mice had mangled), and the German WWII sizing tables we acquired from Berlin (Hdv 337) that we use with our Texled uniforms. Original DAK uniforms come in several weights and shades of fabric- some are nearly denim. I chose the thinner cloth in order to make the uniforms more comfortable in hot weather (there was no cost savings). The color is a golden olive that appears to be the most "typical" shade found on unused originals. These fit correctly, and I believe that we are the only company to have actually reproduced the 3 prong buckle.

Washing: These are actually washer/ dryer safe, but hand wash cold and hang dry is still the best option for longest life etc.

Sizing: Like modern BDU/ ACU pants, the belt allows these to adjust several inches. All inseams are 34" and are easily hemmed.

Bleaching: Afrika Korps uniforms present a special problem in that some guys will want to look like an "Alte Hase" with the nearly white uniform. Here's the honest answer- I messed around with a fabric sample last year (of this cloth) and tried bleaching it just to see what would happen when Pvt. Snuffy did the same. To my shock, it simply lightened. It didn't turn orange or bleach out. However, what it would do to the lining I cannot say- I didn't test it. Also, the insignia might react badly. So, the same rule as always applies- washed or bleached uniforms are not returnable. But in this case, I know people will ask "what if?"
Later this Fall I'll try to give a more complete answer by abusing a complete uniform.



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