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Both laughter and sin: winter equipment of Wehrmacht soldiers in 1941-1942

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The issue of the absolutely disastrous provision by the military and state leadership of the Third Reich to its own army, which was fighting on the Eastern Front, with winter uniforms and equipment, remains for many one of the most inexplicable mysteries of the war period. How could the Germans, with their pedantry and desire to take into account everything to the smallest detail, could have miscalculated so cruelly and in fact turned over their soldiers to the slaughter of "General Frost"?


Surely each of us knows the photographs of soldiers of the German and allied troops who surrendered after the crushing defeat at Stalingrad. This public looks the most miserable, downright ridiculous - mostly because, instead of military uniforms, these "conquerors" in their attempts to escape from the severe frost have put on something unimaginable. Women’s shawls and cloaks, pieces of carpets and curtains, bunches of straw on our feet ... It's a shame, not an army!

Let me tell you a little secret: Soviet military photojournalists then had big problems - the editorial staff flatly refused to accept the footage, after watching which one got the impression that the Red Army in fierce battles defeated not the most powerful army in Europe, but a gang of some wretched skiers. However, no others were available. It is incredible, but true: in the first two military years, the command of the Wehrmacht was never able to establish a normal supply of field infantry units with equipment suitable for winter war.

Generally speaking, this история - an excellent lesson for those who love to extol our "civilized" and "highly organized" enemies, whom the "gray-footed Red Army men", led by "illiterate marshals", managed to "fill up with corpses" exclusively. Okay, in Germany they have always despised the French and, obviously, because of this, the memoirs of those of them who became victims of "General Frost" in 1812 were not given a penny. But the Germans themselves not only fought, but also lodged on the European territory of the USSR during the First World War and the Civil War! And many of those who then fully knew the delights of our winter, in 1941 were in the ranks of the Wehrmacht, including in command positions.

And yet, starting the war with the Soviet Union in 1941, the Nazis generally planned to provide only every fifth soldier with winter uniforms! This is not fiction, but the testimony of Colonel General Guderian. Summed up colossal self-confidence: the war was expected to be completed in six weeks, and then relax in the captured "winter apartments". The fact that the "blitzkrieg" would not take place, or at least did not meet the originally planned timeframe, became clear by the end of the summer. In any case, the high command of the Wehrmacht started talking about the need for the general supply of its own personnel with winter clothes only on August 30, 1941.

It was planned to make each soldier happy with two sets of cloth uniforms appropriate for the climate: a hat, headphones, warm gloves, a scarf, a fur vest, woolen socks, and three woolen blankets to boot. Nevertheless, being confident about the completion of the main hostilities before the cold weather, they did not connect the main capacities of the defense industry to support this task, "hanging" it on secondary enterprises. As a result, it, in fact, was disrupted.

In what way did the “Aryans” meet the Russian frosts, which broke out in November 1941, and by December reached -30 degrees and below? Let's start with the most important thing - shoes. Such a "barbaric" look of her as felt boots, the European "civilizers" did not recognize. They fought in boots and boots. And for the most part, not even in footcloths, but in socks. Moreover, the sole of German army shoes lined with iron spikes in severe frost gave almost guaranteed frostbite of the foot and toes. Hence the wild-looking "ersatz-felt boots" made of straw and any other rubbish that has turned up under the arm.

The headdress of the German infantryman was a cap. No matter how they tried to pull these cloth rags over the invaders' ears turning into ice, there was no sense. By the way, there were German-made caps with earflaps in nature, but they went to the personnel of the SS and the Luftwaffe, whose leaders showed much greater foresight than the "stripemen" from the Wehrmacht. As a result, the usual infantry screwed on whatever was horrible.

The overcoat of the “Aryan” conquerors is a separate topic altogether. Not only was it sewn from a rather thin cloth, but it was also shortened, "shot down" by our standards. Subsequently, already in 1942, this main piece of uniform was lengthened by 15-20 centimeters and began to attach cloth hoods and various lining options to it. It is clear that the rest of the uniforms (tunic, trousers, underwear) were also "summer", light, did not save from the cold at all. It is not surprising that our quilted jackets and, in particular, sheepskin coats were the most popular trophy among the frozen Germans in winter. It got to the point that they took off the killed Red Army men and overcoats - they were better, more practical and warmer.

Generally speaking, looting in all its forms (primarily among the civilian population) was the main way for the Wehrmacht soldiers to replenish their own winter "wardrobe" in 1941-1942. Yes, in Germany, an extensive campaign was announced to collect winter things to send them to the Eastern Front, but not everyone was enough. And what kind of warm clothes do the Germans have ?! In fact, the rear servicemen of the Third Reich had to develop winter uniforms from scratch. At the very least, the process of creating a Wintertarnanzug (winter two-sided kit) for the Wehrmacht infantry, which included a warm jacket, trousers, comforter and mittens, was completed only by April 1942, and it began to enter the troops not earlier than October of the same year.

Tellingly, this new uniform did not get into the group that fought for Stalingrad at all! About 80 cars with him remained in the rear. Why this happened is completely incomprehensible, because back in December 1941, the same Guderian personally reported to Hitler that in some units of the Wehrmacht, losses from frostbite were twice as great as the damage received from Russian bullets! Until 1943, the German infantry did not have normal winter equipment as such. And yet, let's not forget that it was not “General Frost” who defeated the Nazis - it was our heroic grandfathers and great-grandfathers who defeated!
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  1. Pessimist22
    Pessimist22 4 October 2020 05: 49
    16
    Yes, as we say: "The Siberian is not the one who is not afraid of frost, but the one who dresses warmly!" Europeans have no idea how to live in winter temperatures of -20 -35.
    1. Hypertension
      Hypertension 4 October 2020 10: 23
      +7
      Quote: Pessimist22
      Europeans have no idea how to live in winter temperatures of -20 -35.

      Now the people in Russia have also relaxed. It will get a little colder in the fall - they complain on the Internet - when is the heating?
      And yet, let's not forget that it was not “General Frost” who defeated the Nazis - it was our heroic grandfathers and great-grandfathers who defeated!

      It should be added that our soldiers also suffered from the cold. Although the uniform was warmer, it was not always possible to eat high-calorie food.
      1. bandabas
        bandabas 4 October 2020 12: 15
        -2
        The mask has relaxed. Either abnormal cold snap, then warming. There is another life beyond the Moscow Ring Road, and thank God.
        1. Hypertension
          Hypertension 4 October 2020 12: 22
          -2
          Quote: bandabas
          The mask has relaxed.

          Not only Moscow. The regions also relaxed. In terms of resistance to low temperatures.
          Quote: bandabas
          There is another life beyond the Moscow Ring Road, and thank God.

          Thank God? Oh well.
      2. Kote Pan Kokhanka
        Kote Pan Kokhanka 4 October 2020 13: 38
        +6
        Quote: Hyperion
        Now the people in Russia have also relaxed. It will get a little colder in the fall - they complain on the Internet - when is the heating?

        A century ago, Russia lived in villages. In their hut, they did not even dream of "heating steam". The culture of cooking on the street existed only in the warm regions of the country. The rest fired stoves in order to eat. Even if not always "Russian", the advanced inhabitants already had various "Swedes", they had to drown more than once a day. So, in the autumn period, our grandfathers and grandmothers entered much more evenly than modern inhabitants.
        1. Hypertension
          Hypertension 4 October 2020 13: 50
          -2
          Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
          A century ago

          But we're talking about modern society, aren't we? Why is your opus about "a hundred years ago"?
          1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
            Kote Pan Kokhanka 4 October 2020 16: 19
            +1
            Read your comment again
            Quote: Hyperion
            Now the people in Russia have also relaxed. It will get a little colder in the fall - they complain on the Internet - when is the heating?

            The people did not relax, but moved to anthills and depended on someone else's uncle with a valve.
            Earlier, how much firewood you prepared, you stoke it !!! So, people have trite lost independence, and not "relaxed"! There is no need to hang labels !!!
            1. Hypertension
              Hypertension 4 October 2020 17: 08
              -2
              No shortcuts. While I go unbuttoned, most people wrap themselves up in hooded jackets. And there is no need to print so many exclamation marks, it should be easier. You are not currying favor with Shpakovsky.
              1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
                Kote Pan Kokhanka 4 October 2020 17: 29
                +1
                I have nothing to add to rudeness!
                Although - I'm just doing winter swimming, I need to explain it)))? laughing
                1. Hypertension
                  Hypertension 4 October 2020 17: 35
                  -3
                  And where you, sir, saw rudeness? Aren't you, my dear man, every time you thank Shpakovsky for his articles? There is no need to explain about ice swimming - the nerve endings are entirely yours, and it is up to you how to deal with them. hi
            2. hohol95
              hohol95 5 October 2020 00: 45
              +3
              And it became warmer in the cars. Buses run much more regularly than Soviet times. And there are a lot of them. So a lightly dressed citizen jumps out of the house and immediately gets into the warm interior of the vehicle. Then he runs a little to the workplace, and there, if there is no heating yet, he turns on the air conditioner for heating or a heater! On the street for a long time now it is rare who works (unless you work in the field of heat, water and gas supply, lighting of the settlement). But they give out winter overalls and shoes.
              Heating in homes works better!
              And then before the parents had no heating in one of the rooms for a couple of winters. From 1st to 9th floor.
        2. AllBiBek
          AllBiBek 5 October 2020 16: 14
          +2
          If we take the battle for Moscow, a considerable part of the raised reserves were from Central Asia. And not everyone had a practical experience of winter nights in the open steppe.
          Nevertheless, the experience of the Winter War made itself felt, somehow they were insulated to preserve the combat effectiveness of these. As far as I can tell, Mongolia has also significantly helped in what it could.
      3. Pessimist22
        Pessimist22 4 October 2020 17: 00
        +2
        My grandmother taught me how to make a magic broth, in the fall or winter on vacation or fishing I am looking for a wild apple, raspberry, rosehip, blackthorn, twigs with the remaining fruits, rinse a little and in a saucepan, cook, if a little more sugar, then generally a miracle happens!
        1. Hypertension
          Hypertension 4 October 2020 17: 24
          -5
          Quote: Pessimist22
          My grandmother taught me how to make a magic decoction

          And what is its magic? Are heating bills disappearing?
          1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
            Kote Pan Kokhanka 4 October 2020 17: 36
            +2
            Why be rude!
            The recipe is kind.
            As for "heating", you walk the street wide open, why do you need "heating"?
            By the way, are you the only one on the branch who squeaks about "heating" and receipts about it? Relaxed ??? laughing
            1. Hypertension
              Hypertension 4 October 2020 17: 54
              -8
              Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
              As for "heating", you walk the street wide open, why do you need "heating"?

              This is early autumn, I go wide open. So in the winter I am warm-blooded. It is necessary to distinguish between temperature regimes and seasons, Mr. Director of the fanclub them. Shpakovsky. And paying for heating in Russia is not something to scoff at. This is serious. Are you joking about the overhaul!
              1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
                Kote Pan Kokhanka 4 October 2020 19: 18
                +1
                What will I advise you to wonder in your home and a heap of Real problems will be replaced by others!
                Regarding Shpakovsky, I criticized him when you were not even mentioned on the resource!
                You must be able to appreciate the work of a person, and not his regalia. Or don't you hate to read the missing hamsters?
                1. Hypertension
                  Hypertension 4 October 2020 19: 27
                  -7
                  Great advice to change the awl for soap. Ours for you with a brush. Protect your tongue from calluses.
              2. AllBiBek
                AllBiBek 5 October 2020 16: 17
                0
                You have not seen European receipts for heating, a hike ... Yes, yes, "their salaries are different, you have to understand!"
                But I don’t understand what the problem is, go for a ride, live, and then brag, not whine.
                1. Hypertension
                  Hypertension 5 October 2020 19: 16
                  -2
                  I'm not whining, Alibek. I tried to find out the positive properties of the miracle broth. You have not entered the topic of my comment, as well as Pan Kohanka.
                  1. AllBiBek
                    AllBiBek 5 October 2020 19: 55
                    0
                    "The placebo effect? ​​No, you haven't heard!"
                    If there is an individual effect - what difference does it make if it's a placebo?
                    Anything is better than homeopathy, for example. Also free, unlike the same homeopathy.
                    It calms me down to hold my hands above the fire, imagining that the accumulated negative is burning on them. And Amelie from the movie "Amelie" for the same purposes secretly in the market thrust her hand into beans.
                    A ritual is a ritual, and it doesn't matter that it's personal.
  2. Moore
    Moore 4 October 2020 06: 32
    12
    Interestingly, the Russian quilted jacket was used back in the First World War - conclusions could be drawn. But no, there is no need for the Ubermensch barbarian robes. And so it will do. Fuhrer Hubert Alles ...
    Actually, the adventurism of the possessed Adolf several times rescued the sausages in seemingly impossible situations - the introduction of troops practically without ammunition into the Ruhr region, the Anschluss of Austria, the capture of Czechoslovakia. There was a hope that it would work this time too.
    1. Reptiloid
      Reptiloid 6 October 2020 17: 15
      0
      The book "The Third Reich in Bribes. Theft and Mess from the Germans" describes examples of theft, carelessness in winter supplies. Although they began to collect aid for the front, and Goebbels at the same time promoted the collection of clothes and funds, there were recorded cases of the receipt of women's underwear instead of greatcoats and lipstick instead of ammunition, etc.
      Not to mention the fact that the Germans had solidified grease, in machine guns and in tanks. It got to the point of ridiculousness: they settled in the tanks Mouse, fleeing from the cold, and gnawed at the electrical wiring, as a result, equipment and the Germans died!
  3. Ragnar Lodbrok
    Ragnar Lodbrok 4 October 2020 06: 37
    +8
    It was not "General Frost" who defeated the Nazis - our heroic grandfathers and great-grandfathers were defeated!

    And all references to this General Frost of all kinds of guardians, Germans and other invaders of all times and peoples are invalid!
  4. demiurg
    demiurg 4 October 2020 06: 59
    10
    Not fools were sitting in the general staff of the Germans. It's just that everything, to the last penny, was heaped into the blitzkrieg. It was almost a scam, but it worked in the war with France. The Germans did not have a second option for waging war. They lost any protracted war against the USSR and England, even if Germany added the entire economy of Europe.
    And if you are puzzled with winter clothes for the Wehrmacht, then you already need not pieces, but Uralbomber. We need heavy tanks.
    To redo the entire war plan clean up. Forget Moscow and St. Petersburg, all the forces behind the Caucasian oil.
  5. nikvic46
    nikvic46 4 October 2020 07: 30
    +6
    Of course, Frost played a role. Alexander the Third drew attention to the quartermasters. He completely replaced them from top to bottom. Greed of these can destroy any army.
    1. Fitter65
      Fitter65 4 October 2020 09: 26
      +6
      Quote: nikvic46
      Of course, Frost played a role.

      The average temperature for the same December 1941 in the Moscow region was 12-13 degrees, on some days the temperature dropped to 20-25, but it lasted a maximum of 3-4 days, then there was an increase to -9, and at the end of the first decade it even reached zero , though then again there was a decrease, for several days ... so the average European weather is at its fullest, and even more comfortable considering the relative humidity in the suburbs. From my own experience, when I served in the SGV Stargard-Szczecinsky, at a temperature of -15 and a northerly wind it was full of Zhzhzh, worse than in Novosibirsk at -25.
      1. pmkemcity
        pmkemcity 4 October 2020 10: 56
        +7
        Quote: Fitter65
        ... so you can enjoy the average European weather

        Correct remark. Instead of analysis, the author repeats Goebbels' propaganda. The winter of 41-42 was warm, and the Germans near Moscow suffered more from night frosts and daytime thaws and frozen-thawing mud. There is a lot of evidence when the same Siberians in felt boots sank into puddles under the snow and could not dry themselves out later. The winter of 42-43 was really harsh, even in the south. Let the author take an interest in the number of trophies taken in France, including winter uniforms.
        1. Astra wild
          Astra wild 4 October 2020 14: 43
          +2
          In this case, there will be no pathos, and for the author this is the main thing.
        2. hohol95
          hohol95 5 October 2020 00: 37
          +1
          There were no articles on VO regarding the winter uniforms of the French, Dutch, Danish, Belgian and Norwegian armies!
          I wonder where these reserves have gone.
      2. Kote Pan Kokhanka
        Kote Pan Kokhanka 4 October 2020 17: 00
        -1
        Not so simple. Found data for December 41 in Tambov, roughly shows the general picture.
        Tambov, December 1941
        date
        Daily temperature, ° C
        December 1 1941
        -9.1 qualifying.
        December 2 1941
        -20.5 qualifying.
        December 3 1941
        -24 qualifying.
        December 4 1941
        -15.3 qualifying.
        December 5 1941
        -27.3 qualifying.
        December 6 1941
        -28.8 qualifying.
        December 7 1941
        -26.6 qualifying.
        December 8 1941
        -22.2 qualifying.
        December 9 1941
        0.7
        December 10 1941
        -2
        December 11 1941
        -3
        December 12 1941
        -5.8 qualifying.
        December 13 1941
        -10.9 qualifying.
        December 14 1941
        -11.7 qualifying.
        December 15 1941
        -12.8 qualifying.
        December 16 1941
        -12.1 qualifying.
        December 17 1941
        -8.3 qualifying.
        December 18 1941
        -15.4 qualifying.
        December 19 1941
        -11.5 qualifying.
        December 20 1941
        -8.4 qualifying.
        December 21 1941
        -20.5 qualifying.
        December 22 1941
        -21.5 qualifying.
        December 23 1941
        -6.2 qualifying.
        December 24 1941
        -9.5 qualifying.
        December 25 1941
        -11.7 qualifying.
        December 26 1941
        -7.4 qualifying.
        December 27 1941
        -16.1 qualifying.
        December 28 1941
        -20.4 qualifying.
        December 29 1941
        -21.6 qualifying.
        December 30 1941
        -25.7 qualifying.
        December 31 1941
        -21.4 qualifying.

        Far from being Bavaria with Tyrol!
        1. Fitter65
          Fitter65 5 October 2020 00: 02
          +2
          Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
          Tambov, December, 1941 .... Far from Bavaria with Tyrol!
          As I understand it, the search engine only Tambov gave the data for December 1941? 8-9 years ago I took data for this period from the meteorological service. And one more important question, apart from the ambient temperature, the relative humidity also plays a significant role. After all, it was not for nothing that I cited Stargard as an example, it is not far from Szczecin (Stetin). Because the higher the humidity, the worse the frost is tolerated. At -15 in Stetin, you feel worse than at -15 in Moscow ... But on the other hand, who invited the Germans , flooded themselves, well, paid for it.
          1. Oleg Bykov
            Oleg Bykov 9 October 2020 22: 52
            +1
            Not far from Szczecin means Pomorie, the climate is closer to the sea, the humidity is high. At high humidity, frost is felt more strongly.
    2. Alf
      Alf 6 October 2020 16: 39
      0
      Quote: nikvic46
      Alexander the Third drew attention to the quartermasters. He completely replaced them from top to bottom. Greed of them can destroy any army.

      Did it help a lot? It also seems that Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov was talking about the intendants - After a year in this position, a person can be removed and immediately hung up.
    3. Reptiloid
      Reptiloid 6 October 2020 17: 20
      0
      .... quartermasters ......
      Unfortunately, in the Republic of Ingushetia in the 20th century, there were cases of theft and supply fraud.
  6. Olgovich
    Olgovich 4 October 2020 07: 48
    +4
    As if the correct article, but somehow everything is "on top" ....
  7. Blacksmith 55
    Blacksmith 55 4 October 2020 10: 17
    +3
    For the information of the author.
    Winterternanzug, (two-sided winter set).
    Winter -winter, tarn-hide, blend in with the terrain, Anzug-suit, clothes.
    Direct translation - winter maskhalat.
  8. andrewkor
    andrewkor 4 October 2020 10: 20
    +2
    In the photo for the article, it looks like prisoners of Romanians. Very characteristic uniforms and hats - hats. Pearls are not visible.
    1. Aviator_
      Aviator_ 4 October 2020 15: 31
      +2
      Quite right, Romanians. Probably a photo of their captivity in Stalingrad.
      1. Sugar Honeyovich
        Sugar Honeyovich 4 October 2020 17: 45
        +2
        As far as I remember, this is a photo of prisoners from the Voronezh boilers. Mostly Romanians and Hungarians.
      2. Reptiloid
        Reptiloid 6 October 2020 17: 25
        0
        Our prisoners fed them at least once a day. And the Germans stopped altogether on the eve of the Battle of Stalingrad. Only the Germans were fed.
    2. BAI
      BAI 4 October 2020 22: 43
      +2
      This is a mixture. Everybody there.
      German, Italian, Hungarian and other servicemen captured at Stalingrad, 1943
  9. Alexfly
    Alexfly 4 October 2020 17: 13
    +1
    In fact, in the Scandinavian countries there is an instructive expression: "There is no bad weather, there is just the wrong clothes!"
    1. TechPriest
      TechPriest 5 October 2020 11: 49
      0
      Alas, not always fair. In general, oddly enough, frost is not such a terrible thing - the heat is much worse, clothes do not save from it, and it's harder to hide. So summer Stalingrad is not much better than winter Stalingrad, especially if winter southern ones go.
  10. Unknown
    Unknown 4 October 2020 17: 17
    +3
    [media = https: //vk.com/video346348976_45623 this is 42 years old, 6th Panzer Wehrmacht goes to the rescue of Paulus. the Germans are equipped with winter uniforms in full. no overcoats, and other attributes of summer time. prepared for winter. another chronicle for 40 years shows warehouses of the French, full of winter uniforms that the Germans got. and there were also warehouses from Poland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, and the Balkan countries. it is millions of sets of winter uniforms. Yes, we also planted it in 41, at the border and boilers. the defeat near Moscow was the full merit of the Red Army, and not General Frost. If the troops were not brought up, this was the fault of the quartermaster of those units. and under Stalingrad they were already provided with everything.
  11. Unknown
    Unknown 4 October 2020 17: 24
    +3
    here is another photo
    also equipped for the winter to the fullest. photo early 42
  12. Petr Vladimirovich
    Petr Vladimirovich 4 October 2020 17: 29
    +1
    Oh, and who knows, the Abrams, with which they have stuck the whole Baltic region, can ride on our snows?
    1. fif21
      fif21 4 October 2020 19: 51
      +1
      Quote: Petr Vladimirovich
      Oh, and who knows, the Abrams, with which they have stuck the whole Baltic region, can ride on our snows?

      Shhhhh, they won't pass on our asphalt wassat
    2. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona 4 October 2020 20: 25
      -2
      Maybe their engines are even better suited for frost than ours. Ours were going to travel around Europe, and not fight in Russia
      1. alexey alexeyev_2
        alexey alexeyev_2 4 October 2020 21: 20
        +1
        Don't tell me ... the engines may be better suited, but they need a special winter fuel. With a reduced content of diesel oils. In this regard, our T80 is beyond competition
        1. Blackmokona
          Blackmokona 4 October 2020 23: 34
          -2
          The Americans have always been famous for their efficient supply. And the T-80 is far from our main tank. Still, the bulk is T-72
          1. alexey alexeyev_2
            alexey alexeyev_2 5 October 2020 14: 37
            0
            Even the most efficient supply can be shut off. The same T72 can easily run on diesel fuel from condensate. So what is there to clean the condensate from paraffin on diesel fuel and you're done. And will the Abram run on such fuel .. question
          2. AllBiBek
            AllBiBek 5 October 2020 16: 27
            +1
            Uh-huh, we take the VMV, and we have for at least a manual shooter; disposable clips for Garand, equipped only in the factory, and without the possibility of reloading either in the rifle or outside of it, ribbons for Browning - for the same cartridge, and also only factory ones, and a bit loose - for snipers.
            There is also a Baby Garand under a different cartridge. Completely incompatible with Tommy.
            Religion did not allow to make the point to equip the entire manual shooter with two boxes - for a rifle and a pistol cartridge, respectively, but it is called "capitalism".
            1. Alf
              Alf 6 October 2020 16: 47
              0
              Quote: AllBiBek
              Religion did not allow to make the point to equip the entire manual shooter with two boxes - for a rifle and a pistol cartridge, respectively, but it is called "capitalism".

              Judging by yours, there was also capitalism in the Red Army, for the infantry also had two cartridges, 7,62x54 and 7,62x25.
              Yes, and Garand was equipped with a pack not from the bulldozer, but from the design of the rifle itself.
  13. wandlitz
    wandlitz 4 October 2020 19: 01
    0
    And I have a good friend of mine (the owner of the restaurant) from the GDR Waldfriden-Bernau in 1985, bought an officer's jacket and wadded trousers. And then he admired like a tello in Russian clothes. He wore this outfit for winter fishing ... So, at a much later time, the Germans did not have warm clothes for the Russian winter either.
    1. Oleg Bykov
      Oleg Bykov 9 October 2020 23: 00
      +1
      This is how Le Bushlate appeared, differs from the "Afghan" in price
      [img=|бушлат]hhttps://icdn.lenta.ru/images/2020/09/30/18/20200930180336524/pic_0f09a9e551a473dd0174a837a7b61b5c.pngttp://[/img]
  14. Revolver
    Revolver 4 October 2020 19: 49
    0
    Yes, and the "People's Commissars" 100 grams warmed better than the amphetamine tablets, on which the Germans made their blitzkrieg.
  15. BAI
    BAI 4 October 2020 22: 37
    -6
    There is nothing funny about the German winter uniform.

    Here - ours is dressed, but killed. And the Germans occupy our positions in "bad" winter form. Hill. 1942.
    There is a very similar photo - winter, Rzhev. Our killed - with earflaps, short fur coat, felt boots, PPSh. The Germans in their bad shape are alive, they are taking our positions.
  16. Alexey RA
    Alexey RA 5 October 2020 09: 10
    +1
    And yet, starting the war with the Soviet Union in 1941, the Nazis generally planned to provide only every fifth soldier with winter uniforms! This is not fiction, but the testimony of Colonel General Guderian. Summed up colossal self-confidence: the war was expected to be completed in six weeks, and then relax in the captured "winter apartments". The fact that the "blitzkrieg" would not take place, or at least did not meet the originally planned timeframe, became clear by the end of the summer. In any case, the high command of the Wehrmacht started talking about the need for the general supply of its own personnel with winter clothes only on August 30, 1941.

    It is better not to read Heinz here, but Halder. He had a question about winter uniforms on July 25, 1941.
    Meeting of the Chiefs of Staff on July 25, 1941.
    Private issues:
    (...)
    at. Already think over the issue of preparing for the winter (winter uniforms)

    Further, the issue of supplying winter uniforms was clarified on August 2, 1941, in the report of Quarter-General Kleberger:
    The question of supplying winter uniforms. The supplies of winter uniforms, applications for which were sent in May, provided only a small part of the total demand. The West must make do with its own resources. The chief of the land army's armaments department has at his disposal a sufficient supply of uniforms intended for active forces in the East. This stock will last until October of this year.
    The problem of the delivery of uniforms. (Will be delivered: 2 sets of cloth uniforms for each person, hats, headphones, gloves, scarves and warm vests.)

    Further, the topic of winter uniforms pops up several times in the reports of the quartermaster general and the quartermaster general, but without details. And then the Germans suddenly November has come.
    November 10, 1941, 142nd day of the war
    (...)
    Special winter equipment will be delivered to Army Group South not earlier than January, and to some sectors of the front of Army Group Center only by the end of January.

    Repin's painting: "Have sailed." smile
  17. TechPriest
    TechPriest 5 October 2020 11: 43
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    It looks especially laconic if you remember what their ration consisted of. It seems that here on VO there was somewhere a series of articles on this topic.
  18. Arefiev Nikolay
    Arefiev Nikolay 5 October 2020 16: 14
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    According to the recollections of my grandmother, in the winter of 41-42, women sewed headphones and mittens from women's trousers for the needs of the front ... Unfortunately, everything was not so good with our winter uniforms. In the winter of 41-42, the family was in Stalingrad (the Kharkov tractor was evacuated there). And my stepfather fought in the winter of 44-45 in a cheneli sewn from an English blanket. 411minp arvgk.
  19. Same lech
    Same lech 6 October 2020 06: 35
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    How could the Germans, with their pedantry and desire to take into account everything to the smallest detail, could have miscalculated so cruelly and in fact hand over their soldiers to the slaughter of "General Moroz"?

    The usual pride of Europeans who believed that they would defeat the Russians and take Moscow in three months ... and when their plans for a swift war are thwarted, they whine about Russian frosts and autumn impassable roads with Russian partisans.
    1. agond
      agond 6 October 2020 15: 10
      +1
      We had a driver, a participant in the Second World War, he told me what he was wearing in winter
      rather large list, possibly incomplete
      1 linen
      2 HB
      3 quilted jacket
      4 padded pants
      5 felt boots
      6 earflaps under the helmet
      7 overcoat
      8 maskhalat
      said if you fall, you will not suddenly rise, but you could be in the fresh air for days
      In general, he rated our winter uniforms worse than German, he says a lot of things are hard, mobility is limited
  20. ecolog
    ecolog 7 October 2020 01: 31
    +1
    I have repeatedly heard another opinion - if General Moroz and General Gryaz served in the Red Army, they should have been shot. But here, of course, the approach is broader. The mud also interfered with us - with a supply with poor mechanization, with the absence of high-speed powerful tractors for artillery. And the frost fettered the thaw and gave the enemy the way to advance.
  21. Dzungar
    Dzungar 12 October 2020 13: 00
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    The lack of preparation for war in the German army in conditions of low temperatures (severe frosts) was (according to Suvorov-Rezun) the reason that Stalin did not believe in the possibility of an attack by Germany ...
  22. Irbenwolf
    Irbenwolf 13 October 2020 12: 27
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    Yes, a funny article. Only up to a certain point. When the question is about not freezing to death, you will put on yourself both women's blouses and children's fur coats. Where these bastards took them in this context, let's leave behind the scenes.

    However, in order not to fall, lifting our nose to the top, we will only roll back 3 years and recall the photographs of the bodies of the Red Army soldiers crumpled from the cold on the fronts of the Soviet-Finnish war.

    The stupidity with which human resources were expended on the Karnle Isthmus is generally similar to the German one at Staoingrad. However, the communists were able to draw organizational conclusions and the same General Panfilov organized the "procurement" of felt boots and fur coats for the army.

    "Dad, thanks for the boots!" - this inscription is also on the Rechstag.