M42 Wind Blouse (Windbluse des Gebirgsjägers)
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Price: $340

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Usual features and colors of orignal Windblusen:
The fabric used in the "standard" textbook style of Windbluse manufactured early in the war is actually a lightweight, but tightly woven, single layer of white plain cloth. Originally a blend of 67% cotton - 33% rayon, it was quickly reduced to being made of 100% spun rayon. It was screen printed on the one side in tan, tan-green, tan-brown, brown, brown-gray, slate gray, gray-green, olive green or forest green dye to get the dark side, while the snow side was left in bleached white. These early production "textbook" anoraks usually used pressed paper buttons dyed to match on the color side and white paper buttons on the white side, although many examples exist of the larger "snow-man" style buttons. They also used a very distinctive and complicated buckle, spring loaded with cog wheel - popular on civilian mountaineering gear at the time, on the wrist straps. The throat lacing has either 4, 5, or 6 eyelets to each side.

These "classic" early Windblusen are probably outnumbered in existing collections by later wartime production variants. Some of these WW2 produced variations include dark forest green fabric crudely painted white on one side with some kind of white rubber-like substance, a non-reversible "marsh" pattern camo version, a non-reversible white version, and the double layer type where the whole garment is made of a white layer and a color layer, and even a reversible oak camouflage to white version made for mountain troops of the Waffen-SS. Buttons used on these variants ranged from paper to glass to metal, and the button sizes were from small to large in all materials. Wrist strap fasteners ranged from the standard "cog" type to regular clothing buckles to buttons, with the button in the buckle position and a series of buttonholes on the straps.

One of the distinctive garments, along with the mountain trousers, wind jacket (Windjäcke) and mountain cap of Germany's elite mountain and ski troops (der Gebirgsjäger, Jäger und Skijäger); this pullover windbreaker is faithfully reproduced down to the stitch. Known to the Germans as the Windbluse (or wind blouse in English), this is often referred to as an "anorak" today - the British term for "parka."

This jacket was worn over the uniform field blouse and personal equipment to provide a wind and water resistant layer when operating in the mountains or inclement weather. Every element of the original anorak is preserved including the unique triple chest pockets, with scalloped flaps and box pleats, the "crowned" hood, the drop shoulder yoke, double throat plackett, laced neck closure, buckled wrist straps, reverisible hung rear pockets with scalloped flaps, crotch strap, and drawstring waist. The entire anorak is fully reverisble to white, with every design feature reproduced in snow camouflage. This is a very expensive jacket to produce as all the elements must be made twice, once in the "outer"color and once in white. Read on for a comparison of the historical windbluse and the Lost Battalions reproduction.

Lost Battalions reproduction Windbluse
Our reproductions are made of double layer cotton poplin (a color layer backed with a white layer) that provides better wind and water resistance, as well as much better durability. It is cut large enough to fit over the uniform blouse and personal equipment. Wrist strip fasteners are the same original "Arno" buckle as seen on originals. The buttons are reproductions of the "paper" type buttons. The pattern was taken from one of the "classic" early war types in the collection of Patrick Kiser, an advanced Gebirgsjäger collector, woodcarver (a traditional Gebirgsjäger avocation) and author, who has repeatedly helped us out by allowing us to lift patterns from his outstanding collection. Buttonholes are the very labor intensive bar-tacked end, corded "keyhole" style, made on the same type of machines as used by the Germans.