Equipment Stack


I have some great colour photographs from my good friend Patrick Kisers Gebirgsjäger collection which I have dedicated a page to. Take a look by using the photo album link on the right
Equipment Album



The Bergmütze (Mountain Cap) was the official field cap worn by the Gebirgsjäger. It had high sides and a short peak. The M43 standard field cap was adopted by the  German Wehrmacht in 1943 for general issue and was based on the Bergmütz design. The Bergmütze was based on the Austrian Ski cap used during WW1. This is an Officers cap as it has the piping along the top edge. A white light cotton cover  was used to cover the cap in snow for camouflage.
Stahlhelm (Helmet) .There were camouflage covers which could be reversed to match the surroundings. The patterns were Splinter/White and Tan water/White.
tropical shorts
Tropical shorts worn in the Mediterranean theatre. Worn in Italy, Greece and I have seen an example worn in Crete (although the standard trouser was more common during this time)
Brotbeutel (Bread bag) used for holding food, a lard container and personal items for the soldier.
mountain boots
Bergschuhe (Mountain Boots) Climbing boots used by mountain troops. Note the heavy sole and the hob nails around the edge as well as the sole. 
Feldflasche mit Trinkbecher (field flask with aluminium drinking cup). This flask has a carbine hook on the reverse side which clipped onto the Breadbag through a D ring.
mess set
Kochgeschirr (Mess Kit)
snow goggles
Snow Goggles and trench art engraved Kochgeschirr. Carving/engraving appears to be a common way to pass the long hours between action. Many items were used for  carving/engraving including spent shell cases, canteens etc. Note the unusual pattern of the slots in the snow goggles for the prevention of snow blindness.
Gasmaske and Canister. In case of gas attack, which never happened. I had read that Hitler never had any intention of using gas during WW2 as he himself had been under gas attack as a soldier during WW1. It was common practice for soldiers to discard the mask and use the canister for the storage of extra items like bandages, food etc.
snow shoes
Snow Shoes and instruction manual. These were made of light wood, cord and leather securing straps.
clamp ons
Crampons were attached to the mountain boots for use on ice.
Trench Knife. Used for general cutting of food, rope and possibly hand to hand combat? It usually was clipped into the tunic or boot.
Koppelschluss and Koppel (Buckle and belt)
Pulovermantel (Reversible Parka) This was reversible to white and for the Gebirgstruppen mouse grey/white was the issue. This example is the later Tan Water/white pattern with a white reverse side. They were hooded and contained a heavy blanket type material inside. A button on the top side of each arm was used to attach identification colour bands (which changed each day) during winter fighting in the East.
Doppelfernröhre (Binoculars) 6x30
Shanzzeug (Entrenching Tool)
Piton Hammer used to drive Pitons into rock surfaces and cracks for rope attachment
The Rucksack and a Piton Hammer
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