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Leibstandarte 39 / 45  UNIFORMS  page 1

The UNIFORM page describes and illustrates the quality accurate re-production uniforms that members wear as part of

their portrayal / impression of the German Grenadier of the Leibstandarte "Adolf Hitler" division from 1939 through to 1945

M36 TUNIC

M36 Pattern Tunic.

 

Dark Green collar,

scalloped pocket flaps,

pleated pockets and

internal belt suspenders

 

Produced: 1935-1941

 

Issued: 1935-1945

The Waffen SS was at odds with the German Army throughout the entire conflict. They continuously were forced to improvise in order to obtain enough equipment for their troops. Many of the uniforms worn by the Waffen SS were contracted separately from those of the Army or were produced in their own labor "facilities". Buchenwald and Ravensbruck being the primary sources. These uniforms exhibited minor pattern differences from those produced by the Army. However, for myriad reasons, the SS "violated authenticity standards" and wore Army pattern uniforms much of the time. See below for more details on the specifics.

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M43 TUNIC

M43 Pattern Tunic.

 

Scalloped flaps eliminated in favor of straight cut.

 

Produced:  1943-1945

 

Issued: 1943-1945

The model  "M--" numbers have been assigned to different tunics styles over the years by collectors to identify variations in the German tunics.  

These model numbers were not used by the German military.

The "M--" numbers assigned by the  historical experts and reference books refer to the approximate period that these variations appeared.

 

The German military started the War with what everyone terms an "M36" tunic.  All future uniforms were a gradual simplification of this model.  There is no evidence Germans made any distinction between "models".  The "service jacket" was gradually modified over the years to speed up production.  The basic highlights are described and illustrated below.

M40 TUNIC

M40/41 Pattern Tunic.

 

Collar field grey.

 

The "M41" is a an M40 with a 6 button front, and often rayon lining.

Most references do not make this distinction.

All are usually lumped together as "M40".

 

Produced:  1938-1943

 

Issued:  1938-1945

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M42

M42 TUNIC

M42 Pattern Tunic.

 

Pleats eliminated on the pocket, lining usually satin instead of cotton twill, and internal suspenders eliminated.

6-button front.

 

Produced: 1941-1945

 

Issued: 1941-1945

 

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Original photograph

showing the M40 Tunic.

Dot43

DOT 44 TUNIC

The 44 Dot uniforms were issued to all Waffen SS units and were worn concurrently or in conjunction with the earlier smocks and helmet covers. They were worn both on their own, or over the wool uniform.

 

Produced: 1943 / 44

 

Issued: 1944 - 1945

 

Waffen SS "44 Dot" Uniforms

 

In early 1944, the Waffen-SS SS introduced a new uniform, meant to replace the pullover camouflage smocks as well as extend the service life of the wool uniform. It consisted of a tunic and trouser, very similar in pattern to the M43 wool uniform. The camouflage pattern was dubbed "Erbsenmuster" (Peas pattern) and was meant to be used in all seasons, dispensing with the need for the reversible uniforms. (Collectors most commonly refer to this as "44 Dot")

The new uniform was produced on a variety of linen, cotton, and rayon fabrics. Numerous shade variations exist, though this was a factor of erratic printing quality rather than any intentional alterations to the pattern.

 

HBT

 

 

German Drillich Uniforms

 

During both World Wars, the Germans issued a fatigue uniform made from herringbone twill ("Drillich") cloth to their troops for work and training duties. However, being lighter weight than the wool service uniform, these were often worn in combat in warm weather.

 

The most widely issued was the plain fatigue uniform, which came in undyed off-white or "reed green". The jacket was simpler than the Feldbluse, having just two hip pockets and a drawcord in the back. Trousers came in several patterns, but the two most common models paralleled the wool ones- a straight legged pattern and a later M43 type, albeit without the tapered legs. True field tunics were also made in several patterns, but these were less common than the fatigue uniform.

 

HBT  TUNIC

M42 HBT Pattern Tunic.

 

Made from lighter

Herringbone Twill Material

 

Produced:  1942-1945

 

Issued: 1942-1945

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Junior-Officer-M36-Tunic

OFFICER M36 TUNIC

OFFICER  M36 Pattern Tunic

 

Dark Green collar, with larger

collar & corner points.

Scalloped pocket flaps,

pleated pockets and

internal belt suspenders

 

Produced: 1935-1941

 

Issued: 1935-1945

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M44  TUNIC

M44/45  Short Tunic.

 

Totally new jacket.

This was such a radical change to the tunic design, that the Germans actually called it "Modelle 1944" or "1945".

Short, 2 pocket coat, similar to the US Ike Jacket or British battle dress.

Produced:  1944-1945

Issued:  Summer 1944-1945 (First issued to several divisions in the summer of 1944 on a trial basis for approval

M44-PIC

Original photograph

showing the M36 Tunic.

Original photograph

showing the M44 / 45 Tunic.

DOT-PIC

Original photograph

showing the Dot 44 Tunic.

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Original photograph showing

the Officer M36 Tunic.

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M43 KEILHOSEN

M40 TROUSERS

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DOT KEILHOSEN

SS-OKPZTR-2

OAK  TROUSERS