M37 gaiters – RuK 43

Eversince 1937, Soldiers in the German army received a pair of Schnürschuhe (lowboots) next to their issue pair of Knobelbecher(Jackboots). They where first only meant as a part of the Drillichanzug(a offwhite uniform for basic training made of linen HBT) but as the war progressed the Schnürschuhe saw action on the front. They where meant to be worn with Gamaschen(Gaiters) to overlap the boots with the trousers.

Markings: R.&K.&.W. 43 on the inside of the body and RuK 43 on the closing straps
Maker: Unknown
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Size: –
Material: Canvas and leather
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