Fur garments.

While "tropical" equipment for hot climates was well stocked by the time German troops arrived in North-Africa, Hitler refused to provide the Eastern front with special winter uniforms assuming victory by then.
As a result the soldiers on the Eastern front faced the winter of 1941/42 without adapted garments, often relying on improvised paper garments or even civilian ones that were collected and send from Germany.
From late 1941, fur items were being designed that would use fur provided by special breeding farms in or around concentration camps and collected during annual Winterhilfwerkung collection runs.

[Hot vs. cold climate preparations.]

Certificate thanking a lady in Nuremberg for her contribution on Christmas 1941.


Based on the Russian "Ushanka" hat that like many other Russian winter garments proved a popular war trophy with cold German troops.


Featuring a "Mützenadler" with silver finish and rabit fur trim, this early example is marked 1942 and size 55 (maker illegible).

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Closer view of out- and inside fabrics used, the latter reinfored at the crown with typical early war spiral stitching (later square) in coton thread.
Source: "Winteruniforms of the German army and luftwaffe in WW2 by Vincent Slegers".


Designed in late 1941 it comprised of a jacket, pants and gloves to be worn over the standard uniform. These garments were often worn with the fur outside for added camouflage.


A typical early construction style, it has the armpit cutouts and is made of several pieces of bleached, untanned pieces of rabbitskin.
Source: "Winteruniforms of the German army and luftwaffe in WW2 by Vincent Slegers".


For joining the patches of fur, aswell as reinforce all the outer eges of the Felljacke, either untanned leather strips or fabric were used.




With hardly any info on them yet i am unsure if these are part of the Fellanzug but undoubtably a treasured pair at the time, note the repair on the right.


Also featuring rabbit fur trim, they fit nicely in a pair of Fäustlinge.