Combat boots , size 11 C

€ 325.00

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item368

Quick Overview

Aka 'buckle boots' introduced in 1943. These are actually the first type of combat boots produced. The boots have toe caps and reenforcing rivets below the eyelet sections. The cuffs do not have canvas lining jet (they are smooth leather lined) and the straps have only five eyelets (later seven). The buckles are of the early rounded wire type. There are also only five eyelets for the laces (later seven). Note that these are factory produced combat boots with long tongues and not modified low boots with cuffs added. The maker's stamp in the boots is still present but very faint and can't be read but boots from the same series are February 1943 dated! The soles of the boots were worn out and have army rubber soles added to them. The boots have been greased well and the leather is very supple.
During the development of the new M-43 uniform the army tried various types of combat boots. This is the basic type that was taken in full production (with some alterations) later in the war. Similar combat boots can be seen in Shelby Stanton's book on uniforms, the chapter of the M-43 uniform in its experimental stage.
The boot are complete with original wartime nylon laces which seem to have replaced the cotton ones. Original factory made early production combat boots are rare and missing from about all collections. This is your change to obtain a pair and its likely you will never see another pair for sale. This pair has been in my collection for a long time but it is time for a new home.

These are boots from the M-1Helmet.com collection.
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