Umkehrbare winteranzug

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.
Source: "Osprey #34" & "Winteruniforms of the German army and luftwaffe in WW2".

[Hot vs. cold climate preparations.]

Winterjacke 43 - Sumpfmuster43

Developed by Josef Neckermann of the still active "textil-versandhaus Neckermann".

[Neckermann's Ostkommision]


Seen here with the hood easily covering a M42 Stahlhelm, the white side was to be worn as little as possible as it was hard to dry if washed.

[White side usage & alternatives ]


The Modell 43 features rectangular cotton reinforcing patches from elbow to lower sleeve, the small buttons between shoulder and elbow could hold coloured bands for identification.

[Coloured bands]

Parka back

This particular example has some rare features, most noticably the use of the less common "fluffy edge" camouflage variant on the back.
The "fluffy edge" is also horizontal (as is the front Sumpfmuster43 fabric), as opposed to the standard vertical way as seen on the sleeves and hood.

Fäustlinge 43


Marked by a Berlin maker this "43" version, easily recognizable by the separate index finger, also has sumpfmuster43 camouflage.