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This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to a German Soldier of any corps (includes Luftwaffe), during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in German militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.


German Infantry Assault Badge (Infanterie Sturmabzeichen)

The Infantray Assault Badge was issued to soliders of the 'Waffen SS' and 'Wehrmacht Heer' during World War Two. Two classes of this badge were produced. The "Silver" class was awarded to troops under certain criteria - namely those who had taken part in three or more operations of a tactical nature. This included Infantry Assaults, Armed Reconnaissance Operations or Infantry Counter-Attacks. The "Bronze" class was awarded to Motorized Panzer Troops.

East Medal (Russian Front Medal)

The "Ostmedaille" is commonly referred to in collector circles as the "East Medal" or "Russian Front Medal". It was introduced to recognise the service of participants who experienced the first winter in 'Operation Barbarossa' - the invasion of the Soviet Union. Over 3 million medals were produced, due to the large amount of German servicemen who took part in this campaign. The reverse is scribed "WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/42" which translates to 'Winter Battle in the East'. The medal was created by Unterschrfuhrer Ernst Krauit and may be manufactured from either zinc or 'hard metal'.

P08 (Model 1908) Parabellum (Luger) Pistol

The Parabellum Pistol is more commonly known as the 'Luger', in accordance with the designer Georg Luger. This handgun became the standard pistol of the German Army in 1908 (hence it's designation of P08) however it's reliability became dependant upon the supply of consistent ammunition quality. It was was also prone to stoppages if exposed to sand and mud. Despite this, it was still a popular weapon and highly prized as a souvenir by Allied troops in the African and European theatres. Although initially trialled in a number of calibres for other nations, the German Army adopted the 9mm version which is the most commonly found in the world today.

Walther Pistol

The 9mm Walther Pistol.

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