German Army Summer Uniform Items

Modelle 1940 Summer Combat UniformM-1940 Reed Green Uniform

With plans to invade France and other areas much too hot in summer for the standard wool field service uniform, the German Army introduced a "reed green" summer combat uniform in early 1940. They also began using the pre-war off-white, two-pocket HBT fatigue uniform, dyed reed green (photos of this can be seen in use up through 1941).

The new Model 1940 summer uniform (one of our reproduction M40 summer field blouses is shown at right) was almost identical to the Army's tropical uniform introduced the same year for use in the Mediterranean area, having the characteristic labor intensive scalloped pocket flaps and pleated pockets. Aside from the addition of a sixth button at the throat and a collar hook, the differences were in the materials used for construction. Instead of olive cotton or linen drill as in the tropical uniform, the summer uniform was made of reed green herringbone twill (HBT).

Only Size 38 and 40 left in stock as of 8/15/98. Orders delivered in approx. 3 days if paid with money order, Mastercard, or Visa. Price: $285 per set, blouse and trousers (including Airborne Express delivery inside the United States). Click here for the details of the Lost Battalions reproduction of this uniform.

M40 Summer uniform blouse
(Item code GA2-308/40)
Purchased separately: $195 Sizing: Regular lengths only (sorry, no shorts or longs). U.S. sizes as follows 38, 40, 42
SOLD OUT, 44 SOLD OUT, 46 SOLD OUT, 48 SOLD OUT, 50 SOLD OUT, 52 SOLD OUT.
If the size you need is sold out,
don't panic! We're already making more, but you need to get on the list!


Modelle 1943 Summer Combat Uniform

The coarsely woven HBT used in the 1943 pattern uniform (the Lost Battalions reproduction is shown at left) is the same as that used in the M1940 uniform, and the pre-war fatigue uniform as well, except that the HBT linen used in the pre-war fatigue uniform was replaced with artificial cotton (rayon) or a blend of all the above. Examples exist in reed green HBT linen, but most are of the lesser materials . Hold one of these up to the light and lots of light comes through the weave. The original uniforms had a short life span under combat conditions due to the poor tensile strength of the rayon fabric when wet.

The uniform blouse evolved along the same lines as the wool uniform, with the pocket pleats and then the scalloped flaps being eliminated in turn. At left is one of our reproduction M1943 HBT summer combat field blouses.

ALL SIZES IN STOCK as of 8/15/98. Orders delivered in about 3 days if paid with money order, Mastercard, or Visa. Price: $260 per set, blouse and trousers (including Airborne Express delivery inside the United States). Click here for the details of the Lost Battalions reproduction of this uniform.

M43 Summer uniform blouse
(Item code GA2-308/43)
Purchased separately: $175 Sizing: Regular lengths only (sorry, no shorts or longs). U.S. sizes as follows 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52.
These are all in stock as of 8/15/98, but this is the single most popular German item we have produced to this point. We can't keep them in stock and these won't last long. We have to switch over to wool production for the upcoming winter, so when these are gone, that's all folks until next spring!

Details of the Lost Battalions Reproduction

Our German summer uniforms are absolutely the best reproduction German HBT uniforms ever made. Period. This includes any manufacturer, in any country you wish to name. This is an indisputable fact. What's more they're also the most affordable German jacket and pants combination available from anywhere! And you can only get them here.

Lost Battalions reed green HBT summer combat uniforms are made of 100% cotton herringbone twill in a coarse herringbone very similar to that used by the Germans, but not quite as narrow or coarsely woven. Our German HBT is the by far the closest to the WW2 German weave of any reproduction HBT that we have seen. This includes the weave used by other manufacturers for their Waffen-SS HBT camouflage suits. When compared to US HBT, there are typically 5 herringbone rows on original German fabric for every 4 herringbone rows on US fabric. Other manufacturers of German uniforms use HBT that has 2 rows for every 4 American rows. This is way too wide and far off the mark to make an accurate reproduction. We use fabric that shows 4.5 rows to every 5 rows on original German fabric.

Above left, is a photo showing the back and side construction of the Lost Battalions reproduction. At right, is a photo of a reversed feldbluse showing the "artificial silk" lining and internal construction.. As you can see, we put in ALL the pieces. We also have realistic looking contractor stampings: "Falschmeister Anzugfabrik" maker stamp, "H"-pattern size stampings and army clothing depot stampings with the years appropriate to the respective models inside the front, just as on the originals. The removeable pebbled buttons are held in place by the unique "S"-shaped wire button toggles found on German cotton and linen uniform jackets. Yes, unlike everyone else, Lost Battalions uniforms even have the correct collar hooks! These aren't just Hollywood wardrobe uniforms.

 

 

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