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Question re German WWII uniforms
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:46 AM

Question for you all: would Hetzer crewmen have worn the traditional black Panzer uniform like tankers would wear, or would they have worn the field grey version like the assault gun crews wore? Thanks in advance for your input!

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:53 AM

I'm no armour expert but I would guess it would depend on the phase of the war, the theater and the time of year.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 3:26 AM

It would have been the green version, which off the top of my head was reed Green not Pz grey. Depending on branch of service, could also have been camo uniform.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 9:45 AM

Bish

It would have been the green version, which off the top of my head was reed Green not Pz grey. Depending on branch of service, could also have been camo uniform.

 

Bish is the go to guy for this question. I do recall seeing somwhere pictures of a Hetzer crew in the pea dot type uniforms.

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Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 10:11 AM

The Hetzer fell under the umbrella of self-propelled artilley, within which was placed in the subcategory of SP anti-tank (Panzerjäger).  They entered service in July 1944, a time when uniform regulaions were at the height of complexity, further complicated with the availability of summer and winter clothing.

Official uniform for Hetzer crews would be the same as that laid out back in February of 1942:

- fieldgrey version of the black panzer uniform

- pink piping on black collar patches (metal skulls)

- pink piping on shoulder boards along with a 'P' cypher

 

Distinctions were issued depending on the parent formation:

1.)  Corps, Army, or Divisional (Infantry, Rifle, or Mountain) the uniform was as described above

2.) Regimental (Infantry, Rifle, or Mountain) uniform as above, but collar insignia was standard lizten on green backing, with piping white or green depending on parent regiment

3.) Panzer and Panzer Grenadier Divs., were suppose to revert back to the black panzer uniform

There is, of course, the question of clothing availability and how strictly all the above was followed through.

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 10:14 AM

plasticjunkie

 

 
Bish

It would have been the green version, which off the top of my head was reed Green not Pz grey. Depending on branch of service, could also have been camo uniform.

 

 

 

Bish is the go to guy for this question. I do recall seeing somwhere pictures of a Hetzer crew in the pea dot type uniforms.

 

That camo pattern did come in the same cut as the Pz uniform. I'm sure there was another which did come in field grey but i can't remember what style it was cut in. I'll have a look when i get home.

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