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Old 01-20-2019, 07:21 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if the Germans produced for combat engineers a rubberized or waterproof jack boot?

I have a series of photos where a combat engineer unit is walking through a marshy area and I noticed the boots look a bit different then the standard issue leather boots. For example there are no hobnails or heal irons on the souls. And the boot overall seems unusually high, almost up to the knee. See photo below.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:19 PM   #2
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They were certainly made as official issue items. I have seen period photos of both soldiers and some officers wearing them. I have also seen a couple of pair in person over the years that seemed period original to me with red or white ink stamped markings/acceptance.
I have no idea what the criteria was to be issued these. Some pioneer roles seems to make a lot of sense.
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A style of footwear very seldom encountered; rubber “Knobelbecher” that were part of the heavy anti gas outfit.They are quite scarce because they have been extensively used during and after the War.A few pairs,minus the rest of the outfits,have been found in northern Italy by a “picker” neatly 25 years ago,and the conditions were remarkably good for rubber items made 50 years before!
Attached the picture of a GD StuG crewman wearing them in the mud.Ive got more pictures somewhere in my HD.
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LineaGotica Thanks for posting the photos of the rubber jack boots. This is really incredible to see up close photos of an original pair!

When I first saw the photo I posted at the start of this thread I knew something was very different about the look of the boot being worn by the soldier kneeling. He is from a special scout platoon which worked together with a Panther tank company. They would first move ahead of the tanks to inspect the ground and check for marshy areas with special poles. In some photos I have you can see the men walking through a marsh with water up to their ankles.

Here is another photo from the same day and area where I believe these men are also wearing the rubber jackboots. They have an unusual shine to them and the sole area are similar to the pair you posted.
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:38 AM   #7
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LineaGotica Thanks for posting the photos of the rubber jack boots. This is really incredible to see up close photos of an original pair!

When I first saw the photo I posted at the start of this thread I knew something was very different about the look of the boot being worn by the soldier kneeling. He is from a special scout platoon which worked together with a Panther tank company. They would first move ahead of the tanks to inspect the ground and check for marshy areas with special poles. In some photos I have you can see the men walking through a marsh with water up to their ankles.

Here is another photo from the same day and area where I believe these men are also wearing the rubber jackboots. They have an unusual shine to them and the sole area are similar to the pair you posted.
I’m glad you’ve found my pictures useful,Remy.
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Here is a photo of 2 officers from 14.Kompanie, Grenadier-Regiment 272 both wearing rubber boots:
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