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Boomer1112 Oct 2022 6:55 p.m. PST

Long story short, I have a book that has an artist drawing of a Fallschirmjager officer wearing trousers with splinter pattern on them. My question is, was this uniform item actually ever issued and did the FJ ever wear camo trousers? I am aware the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS did obviously. Just a question for anyone out there that may know, I enjoy obscure uniform items and may add a variation to my army. Once again, if anyone has anymore info on this.

Martin Rapier13 Oct 2022 12:07 a.m. PST

No, FJ were never issued camo trousers. All sorts of odd private purchase items later in the war though, particularly by officers who could afford to pay someone to make them.

Many FJ didn't even have camo smocks, even in 1945.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2022 1:20 a.m. PST

As Martin says, there was no 'official' FJ trousers in a camouflage pattern. Individuals may have acquired them and of course, the reversible winter uniform was issued to FJ as well so that would have produced camouflage trousers and may have been the source of the artist's inspiration. (Was this in the Osprey book by the way?)

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2022 5:51 a.m. PST

I believe this was a topic within the last year on another thread. As noted above, you may find the FJ in all manner of uniforms -- including camo trousers-- but camo trousers were not an issued item.

d88mm194013 Oct 2022 11:27 p.m. PST

When Ramcke's brigade went to N. Africa, the paras adored the Italian camouflage. They "acquired" many trousers but were never issued any.
I found this:

Basic Kit for Africa:

M38 Fallschimrjager Jump Helmet
Tropical tan German shirt (Long/Short sleeved) or Heer grey combat shirt
Tropical tan German trousers
Tropical tan German tunic
Fallschirmjager 2nd Pattern front lace jump boots or Tropical Low boot
Ramcke Brigade patch on the right sleeve of the tunic and tropical shirt
Extra uniform for Africa:
M41 Tropical field cap
M41 Tropical side cap
Tropical tan shorts
Tropenhelm (Luftwaffe tropical pith helmet)
Tropical tie
Green/Gray or Splinter helmet cover
Luftwaffe M40 Fliegerbluse

Basic equipment for Africa:
Tropical tan Y-straps or leather Y-straps
Tropical tan belt or Brown leather belt with Luftwaffe buckle
Brown pistol holster
Tan or Green/Grey breadbag
Tropical or normal water bottle and cup
German mess-tin
Brown K98 pouches (or) Blue, Green or Tan MP40 Ammunition pouches

Extra equipment for Africa:
Folding shovel (or) straight shovel in tropical tan or leather holder
K98 Bayonet and leather or tropical tan frog
Tan or Splinter Zeltbahn
A-Frame (Assault Pack)
Luftwaffe Jump Rucksack
Green or Splinter K98 Bandoleer

VonBlucher16 Oct 2022 3:18 p.m. PST

Saw an image once with 4 SS Officers all wearing different camo, including the Italian Camo that some had in Normandy. You wore what you have or what you could get your hands on.

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