I think they were alot more common among German forces in Normandy 44/45 than say the earlier years of that campaign. For the most part due to intense allied bombing of German industry and the lack of materials, later on in the war the famous jack boot was ditched (dont know the exact date) for the half jack boot and the ankle boots with gaitors to conserver leather and they took less time to produce. The gaitors do help in keeping your feet a bit more secure and bit dryer in the wet conditions plus it was also used to keep dirt and small stones out of the shoes and to protect the angle whilst wading through undergrowth. I personally think they look cool and would certainly love to see them rendered especially in the German models of the Western Front when it comes around. http//img153.imageshack.us/img153/816/germanconscriptandinfanvw4.jpg[/img]"] http//img237.imageshack.us/img237/7622/woundedgermansoldierfrouh9.jpg[/img]"]
...actually, the gaiters were fairly more common than "jackboots" on those years (1944-45), so, it would be perfect if some of the German soldier models have gaiters...it's all about visual immersion and historic accuracy on the uniforms. Here are some more pics ...it is a fact that gaiters were common between 1944-45, even more, they were some kind of icon from German military economic situation. p.s: jackboots are more common on movies, but in the normandy reality gaiters were even more used.
30th May 2003
What book is that first picture from?
'LIGHTNING [NL;3505541']What book is that first picture from?
cover from the book: "Uniforms of WW2" :)
26th April 2004
very cool attention to detail. Why not?
I have been checking the BGF's website and apparently their German models seem to feature those lovely gaiters.
"Mort aux cons !"
23rd December 2003
i'm not an expert, (and not the modeler who did our nice landser) but i think that the gaiter have been introduced in 1942 to save raw material. So it was certainly wide spread in 1943 when many units have been refitted for the kursk battle ...
9th April 2007
I think they made the guitars for sand coming into the boots and hitler whant a blitzkrieg war so a fast take over war and he dont want to have 500.000 soldiers emptying there boots from all the sand thats coming into it,,:uhoh:
Its cupnoodles not cuponoodles
23rd April 2004
brammie0;3625671I think they made the guitars for sand coming into the boots and hitler whant a blitzkrieg war so a fast take over war and he dont want to have 500.000 soldiers emptying there boots from all the sand thats coming into it,,:uhoh:
..but in the end, the sand was too much for Hitler's war machine... with supply lines stretched thin and enemies at all sides, the Mighty Wehrmacht, 500,000 strong, sat solemly at the base of a shady tree and spoke these words in unison: "Ach, habe ich Sand in meinem Schuh!"
28th August 2006
and then this thread went down the drain.