Despite the increasing importance of motor movement in war today, in the final
analysis a soldier depends on his own two feet to reach his objective; hence
attention to the care of his feet can not be too greatly emphasized.
The Germans take special measures to protect the feet of their troops
by the use of bandages. They march long distances in heavy and rather
roughly made boots with little foot trouble.
The following method of bandaging prescribed for the Hungarian Army
and Labor Corps is also used in the German Army. The Hungarian does
not wear the German boot but instead a high shoe with a flap at the top, which
straps around the leg well above the ankle outside the breeches and holds
them in place. Ordinary light socks are worn beneath the bandages.
The bandage is a rectangular piece of light flannel (probably
cotton) some 24 x 14 inches in size. Its winding is illustrated
for the left foot, which is placed on the rectangular cloth as shown in
figure 1 of the accompanying sketch. Then the shaded corner area
is folded over the foot and the corner itself is held under the ball
of the foot, as in figure 2. As the remainder of the cloth is
wrapped around the arch and instep (figure 3), the foot is moved
forward a bit as in thrusting into a shoe, until the big toe is flush
with the edge of the hole formed by the forward edge of the cloth in
figure 3. Thereafter, the winding about the ankle is completed as
shown in figure 4, and the end may be fastened at the
top with a small safety pin, or left to hold by friction if the
entire winding has been tight enough. The winding is in general
not very tight, although this varies to suit the individual. Too
tight a winding means interference with blood circulation, and too
loose means no support of the arch and ankle.