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A new (?) fact about the Leibermuster pattern - the inventor
Old 06-08-2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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Default A new (?) fact about the Leibermuster pattern - the inventor


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a cammo jacket was discussed. Said jacket is an original Leibertarn jacket according to the owner and is not original according to all others.

Well, I don’t know anything about WWII cammo patterns and stuff like that. But I read the original post on the German MFF forum with interest until a certain point when the thread began to become not that entertaining…. . One fact (!) I found out did not create any greater interest there, but maybe it will be of interest here.

Anyway: Is there any explanation in the books about the background of the denomination “Leibertarn”? When it was invented and by whom?

If not, you might like to know this: The “Leibertarn” pattern was invented by

Hellmut Leiber

Hellmut Leiber from Freiburg im Breisgau, together with a company Schlieper & Baum A.G., Wuppertal-Elberfeld was owner (patentee) of two German patents, describing without any doubt the Leibertarn pattern. These patents are:

1/ German Patent 909667 "Verfahren zur Herstellung von Tarnmustern auf Gewebebahnen und ähnlichen flächigen Gebilden" (Method of making camouflage patterns on textile sheets and other laminar structures), applied in German Patent Office on May 04, 1942, granted on March 11, 1954.

2. German Patent 897689 "Verfahren zum Herstellen farbiger Musterungen auf Geweben und anderen Stoffen", applied March 11, 1944, granted October 15,1953.

Obviously, Hellmut Leiber was the inventor of the “Leibermuster” – what doubtless will explain, why this special pattern is called „Leibermuster“.

The fact, that these patents were granted in 1953/1954 isn’t unusual. There are several patents filed in German Patent Office before the end of war, which were granted at a very late date (up to 1962). One reason could (!) be, that the patent application were seized by the FIAT (Field Intelligence Agency, Technical) and given back to Germany more or less long after the war. There are many examples for this.

But the latter is speculation – contrary to the mentioned patents, which are a fact. Unfortunately, the patents do only describe the pattern and the method of making it. No drawings. But they are about the Leibertarn, especially the first one dealing in detail with the percentage of using black as a color for cammo pattern.

Hope, this info is interesting for you.


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Old 06-08-2008, 09:08 AM   #2
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Very interesting, these are facts not everybody knows!

Thank you very much!
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Where was wartime Leibermuster clothing produced?
Old 06-27-2008, 08:27 AM   #3
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Default Where was wartime Leibermuster clothing produced?

Does anyone have an idea where the German wartime Leibermuster uniforms and cloth were produced? TIA. (Used the search function but haven't been able to find an answer for my question.)
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:05 AM   #4
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Thanks for these news...
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:07 AM   #5
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Some Leiber-patterned uniforms among these org. photos, however not SS.

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