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German strap riding boots

Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:55 am

An interesting photo from the site Tom recently linked in:


http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s236 ... Reiter.jpg

I think these are the pattern of German strap boots introduced after 1932, and then withdrawn prior to WWII. This is the only color photograph I've ever seen of them, and I think only the second photograph I've ever seen of them.

I wasn't aware they were russet. I've read somewhere that German boots were all issued fair, and that soldiers were expected to blacken them themselves. Is that correct?
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Post by Sam Cox » Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:23 pm

A friend tells me that there was 2 variations of this boot, a 3 strap and the one in this link
I have picture of pre Weimer cavalrymen wearing the 3 strap variant.
These boots did appear in early ww2 photos
I think the Richter book on Jerry Cavalry in ww2 shows the the 3 strap in the invasion of France
Ill have a flick this arvo.
Yes the German issued boots in raw brown.
I'm far from and expert on German stuff but I'm sure on this one.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:22 pm

Sam Cox wrote:A friend tells me that there was 2 variations of this boot, a 3 strap and the one in this link
I have picture of pre Weimer cavalrymen wearing the 3 strap variant.
These boots did appear in early ww2 photos
I think the Richter book on Jerry Cavalry in ww2 shows the the 3 strap in the invasion of France
Ill have a flick this arvo.
Yes the German issued boots in raw brown.
I'm far from and expert on German stuff but I'm sure on this one.

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Thanks Sam. I didn't realize the German use of this type of boot went back prior to the Weimar era.
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Post by Pat Holscher » Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:45 am

By the way, both saddle and boots appear to be darned near new in this photo.

Sam, would the user have to blacken these boots, or were these left that color?
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Post by Sam Cox » Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:46 pm

The only pair i have actually 1st hand eyewitnessed apear to have been blackened,threads blackened

i guess it was blackened at company level
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Post by Pat Holscher » Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:10 pm

Sam Cox wrote:The only pair i have actually 1st hand eyewitnessed apear to have been blackened,threads blackened

i guess it was blackened at company level

I'm amazed there are pairs around to view. They must be very uncommon.
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Post by Reiter » Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:06 pm

Hello,

this strap riding boots "Schnallenstiefel" were produced only in the years from 1933-1935 and very unpopular.

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Post by Sam Cox » Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:29 pm

well it survived and was used in ww2 early so they must have been built well
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Post by Pat Holscher » Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:20 pm

Reiter wrote:Hello,

this strap riding boots "Schnallenstiefel" were produced only in the years from 1933-1935 and very unpopular.

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Why were they disliked?
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Post by Sam Cox » Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:49 pm

My thinking is that they being a more complicated boot cost too much to make and the Germans returned to the old dice breakers
The only Vet of the Weimer period ive met wore ww1 leftovers and then knee length puttees with brogue shoes (ive got his photos and will get them scanned one day)
He was an artillery officer so may have had some leeway in his uniform.
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Post by Reiter » Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:58 am

Why were they disliked?
Well, I can´t answer for what reason(s) cavalrymen didnt like these riding boots, because I those never carried. :wink: I think however, this fact and the large consumption of raw material were reasons to stop the production of these riding boots.
well it survived and was used in ww2 early so they must have been built well
Yes, used but not produced :wink: In the German army in principle everything was used up.

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Post by Pat Holscher » Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:05 pm

Here's another example:

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/f? ... eb207f8ac0

This is supposed to be an artillery unit.

Note all the boots are russet for the men in the unit. I wonder if these were just left russet, or if these are so new they just haven't been blackened.
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