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Swiss Army Riding boots

Post by Pat Holscher » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:33 pm

Ulrich Lehmann, via Tom, send these photographs depicting Swiss Army riding boots. I'll cross post these on the riding boot thread, but they deserve their own thread as well.

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Bild 1+2 zeigt den Reitstiefel wie er bis zur Abschaffung der Kavallerie (1972) von der Mannschaft (Dragoner / Kavallerist) getragen wurde. Die Offiziere trugen meistens Privatstiefel.
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Bild 3 zeigt die Sohle.

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Bild 4+5 zeigt zeigt den Marschschuh mit gleicher Sohle wie die Stiefel. Die Schuhe mit den Reitgamaschen (Bild 6) wurden bei der gefechtsmässigen Ausbildung getragen.


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Bild 7 zeigt die Nagelsohlen. In den 60er Jahren wurde die Nagelsohle bei den Stiefeln und Schuhen durch die Gummisohle ersetzt.
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Post by Tom Muller » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:25 am

Pat,

could you please post the detailled pic of the stirrup with the leather instep. According to Mr. Lehmann they used a wide stirrup with the leather instep to avoid being stuck in the stirrup.

Note the hobnailed boots. As the swiss cavalry were used as mounted infantry it was very important to have a decent boot with a rough sole.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:44 pm

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Post by Pat Holscher » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:42 pm

Pat Holscher wrote:Ulrich Lehmann, via Tom, send these photographs depicting Swiss Army riding boots. I'll cross post these on the riding boot thread, but they deserve their own thread as well.

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Bild 1+2 zeigt den Reitstiefel wie er bis zur Abschaffung der Kavallerie (1972) von der Mannschaft (Dragoner / Kavallerist) getragen wurde. Die Offiziere trugen meistens Privatstiefel.
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Bild 3 zeigt die Sohle.

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Bild 4+5 zeigt zeigt den Marschschuh mit gleicher Sohle wie die Stiefel. Die Schuhe mit den Reitgamaschen (Bild 6) wurden bei der gefechtsmässigen Ausbildung getragen.


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Bild 7 zeigt die Nagelsohlen. In den 60er Jahren wurde die Nagelsohle bei den Stiefeln und Schuhen durch die Gummisohle ersetzt.
Tom, am I reading this right that the heavy duty riding boots (with the surprisingly heavy sole) was a private purchase boot used by officers, but otherwise the Swiss cavalrymen wore the standard heavy ankle high Swiss mountaineering boot?
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Post by Tom Muller » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:28 pm

Pat,

the heavy sole boots were troopers standard issue boots. Only for infantry training ankle boots were worn. Officers usually bought their own riding boots.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:56 am

Tom Muller wrote:Pat,

the heavy sole boots were troopers standard issue boots. Only for infantry training ankle boots were worn. Officers usually bought their own riding boots.

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Thanks.

The riding boot is a bit unique, at least in my experience, as the sole is so darned heavy. Way heavier than anything I'm used to seeing.

The infantry boot is interesting too. Pretty much an old fashioned mountaineering boot. Do the Swiss still use these?

What about the gaiters (leggings). Standard infantry gear?
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