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"Changes in Uniform and Headgear of German Armored-Force Personnel" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on German uniforms was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 9, Oct. 8, 1942.

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During the past 2 1/2 years several changes have taken place in the distinctive uniforms worn by German armored-force personnel, armored-car personnel, and self-propelled antitank gun crews. The latest information indicates that these soldiers now wear the following types of uniform:

(a) Tank and armored-car personnel

Special black uniform, with a black field-service cap or a steel helmet instead of the beret formerly worn. Armored-car personnel may also wear a protective camouflage uniform of greenish drill similar to the black uniform.

(b) Armored troops other than tank and armored-car personnel

Ordinary field-gray uniform and a steel helmet.

(c) Crew of medium self propelled antitank gun

A gray uniform of the same cut as the tankmen's black uniform, with gray field-service cap or a steel helmet.

(d) Pz. Kw. 38 (T) and medium armored troop-carrier personnel

Same uniform as tank personnel, but with the beret.


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