Wermacht infantry-man France 1940
Both the campaigns of Poland and France demonstrated the effectiveness of a new fighting tactic activated by the German army, the Blitzkrieg. The blitzkrieg consisted of sudden attacks conducted by infantry with armoured vehicles contemporarily supported by the aviation.
One of the most important elements of the blitzkrieg was then the infantry-man.
The infantry-man wore a dark grey jacket model 1936 made out of wool and rayon. Minor modifications were allowed according to the rank of the soldier. The jacket had 4 pockets each one with a flap to be secured by a metal button. The jacket had 5 dark grey buttons.
The collar carried a strip of dark bleu-greenish colour , which was also used to support the national emblem over the right superior pocket, it was also used for ranks, badges and chevrons. The belt and relative individual equipment was hooked to the uniform by 4 metal hooks fastened to the jacket by vertical buttonholes.
Uniform, belt buckle
Collar dark green
Eagle, badges, chevrons white
Belt & shoulder-straps black
Hooks and buttonholes aluminium
Canteen dark kaki & dark grey
Mess-tin and gas mask holder kaki
Hand grenade dark grey with wooden handle
Bayonet & shovel black with wooden handle
Rifle wooden and gun metal
Trousers dark grey with oblique lateral pockets
Boots black leather
Helmet slightly darker then the uniform on the right side. The helmet carried a shield with the national colours (black, white, red) on the left side it carried the symbol of the wehrmachtadler silver on dark background.
Sculptured by: Benoit Cauchies
Historical research by: Michelangelo Sicilia
Transletion by: Riccardo Carrabino