20th Century Military Uniforms. 300 Uniforms from Around by Chris McNab

By Chris McNab

Describes three hundred uniforms of the final a hundred years from all around the world.
Superbly illustrated with full-colour artistic endeavors.

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Membership of the division was indicated by the letters'GD' displayed on shoulderstraps, the border of which would denote the armof*ervice within the division (this soldier has the red border for artillery). The 6lite status of the Grossde utschland. is suggested here by the sergeant's Knight's Cross, the Iron Cross lst and 2nd Class, the General Assault badge, and the wound badge. Two bands around his right arm show he has singlehandedly destroyed two tanks. plece camouflag'e overall of 1941, after when the SS went through two subsequent patterns: the M43 with elngle-breasted jacket and the M44 wlth double-breasted shirt.

The French Dl',rrcign Legion have generally lirlkrwcd fairly spartan styles of rurrllirrm. What is constant is the lrrl'nulrus kepi hat. Two common types ul'ncrvice kepi prevail. This NCO gets l() w(xrr the ftepi noir, a black'covered lrnl, while all lower ranks usually wr{rr lhe ftepi blanc, which has a whllu cover. The red top and gold bnrlgc are seen on both styles. This rokllt:r is kitted out in standard khaki llrllgucs. glurental features and insignia. glilrcntal lanyard, next to various n,rvlce medals.

The period 1944-45 saw many German units adopting surplus Italian military clothing, as Germany's own supplies ran short and industry could not produce enough to m€et demand. This accounts for an increasing lack of consistent appearance amongst German troops on all fronts. The Hitlerjugend division was largely formed from former members of the Hitler Youth. This trooper is armed with the MG,12 machine gun. 1944. The most recognizable item is the cylindrical gas mask case' This was made of fluted steel and featured a hinged lid containing additional eyepieces for the mask.

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