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37 Military Uniforms Worn By Soldiers During World War II

Editor Picks | September 23, 2015

In times of war, armed forces and paramilitaries are required to wear their nation's official military uniforms. While uniforms are mainly used to identify friendly units, they also serve as a camouflage against the enemies.

Below, we get a look at 37 different military and paramilitary uniforms worn by soldiers from various countries during the Second World War.

82nd Airborne, Sicilly, 1943

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01 – M2 helmet with camouflage net
02 – M1942 jacket
03 – M1942 trousers
04 – M1934 wool shirt
05 – boots
06 – M1936 main belt with M1916 holster for the Colt M1911 pistol
07 – M1936 webbing
08 – M1A1 carbine
09 – M2A1 gas mask
10 – M1910 folding shovel
11 – M1942 canteen 12 – M1910 bag
13 – dog tags
14 – M1918 Mk I knife
15 – M1936 backpack

 

Sergeant, UK 1st Airborne, 1944

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01 – MkII helmet- jump version, with camouflage net
02 – Battle-dress
03 – M41 “Denison smock” jacket
04 – face camouflage net
05 – toggle rope
06 – boots
07 – M37 leggings
08 – M37 webbing
09 – Sten MkV SMG with bayonet
10 – M36 grenade

 

Private, Volksgrenadier division, Italy/Greece, 1944
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01 - M-40 helmet
02 - M-43 summer jacket
03 - ski trousers
04 - shirt
05 - socks
06 - boots
07 - M-41 leggins
08 - main belt
09 - ammo pouches
10 - M-38 webbing
11 - military songbook
12 - M-24 grenade
13 - face net
14 - M-38 gas mask
15 - 7,92 mm Mauser 98k rifle
16 - M-84/98 bayonet
17 - "Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen"- Infantry assault badge

 

US infantry, 1942-1945

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01 – M1 helmet
02 – M1934 shirt
03 – M1934 sweatshirt
04 – M1941 trousers
05 – service boots
06 – M1938 leggins
07 – M1926 life belt
08 – M1937 ammo belt
09 – M1924 personal dressing
10 – M1910 canteen
11 – gas mask bag
12 – M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle with M1907 belt
13 – armband
14,15 – obvious
16 – shoulder badges: A – 1st Armoured B – 2nd Arm C – 3rd Infantry E – 34th Inf F – 1st Inf

 

Italian engineer, Northern Africa, 1942

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01 - Steel helmet with enginners badge
02 - tropical sweatshirt with engineers badges on the collar tabs
03 - leather belt, webbing and ammo pouches
04 - shorts
05 - shirt
06 - 6,5 mm Carcano 91/41 rifle
07 - Model 1891 bayonet
08 - 6,5 mm ammo
09 - SRCM 1935 grenade
10 - T-35 gas mask
11 - breadbag
12 - canteen
13 - protective goggles
14 - leather boots

SS-Reiter (Private), 8. SS-Kavallerie Division “Florian Geyer”, summer 1944
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01 – M-40 Feldmutze field cap
02 – M-40 helemt with SS badges
03 – Feldbluse 44- new sweatshirt,
inspired by the British battle dress,
cavalry markings on the shoulder straps.
04 – trousers
05 – M-35 belt
06 – wool shirt
07 – M-39 webbing
08 – “Florian Geyer” division armband
09 – woollen gloves
10 – Panzerfaust 60
11 – 7,92 mm Sturmgewehr 44
12 – M-84/98 bayonet
13 – tarpaulin ammo pouches
14 – M-24 grenade
15 – Waffen SS payment book
16 – M-31 canteen
17 – M-43 leather boots
18 – leggins

 

2nd Lt, 1st Infantry Division, Polish People’s Army (USSR), 1943

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01 wz. 1937 field “rogatywka” cap
02 Model 1936 drill jacket, wz.1943 military
eagle on the buttons
03 Soviet breeches
04 Model 1935 officer’s belt
05 synthetic leather holster for Nagant revolver
06 synthetic leather map pouch
07 leather boots
08 Adrianoy compass
09 binoculars
10 7,62 mm PPSh-41 SMG
11 decorations: Cross of the Valorous,
“Zasluzonym na Polu Chwaly” medal

 

Major, Polish Air Force in the UK, 1940- 1945

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01 RAF officer’s cap with Polish wz.1936 air force eagle
02 RAF officer’s jacket, Polish major insignia on the collar
tabs, British Flight Lieutenant insignia on the sleeves.
03 Officers’ trousers
04 Shoes
05 Briefcase
06 Silver Cross of the Virtuti Militari Cross
07 Infantry Officer’s School Badge
08 Observer badge
09 British Navigator’s wings

 

Polish Infantry – Private, 1939

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01 wz. 1939 “rogatywka” garrison cap
02 wz. 1937 “rogatywka” field cap
03 wz. 1937 steel helmet
04 wz. 1936 jacket
05 dog tag
06 WST wz. 1932 gas mask in a tarpaulin bag
07 personal dressing
08 leather ammo pouches
09 wz. 1933 breadbag
10 leather main belt
11 wz. 1938 canteen
12 wz. 1928 bayonet cover
13 folding shovel in a leather cover
14 wz. 1933 backpack with blanket
15 standard army biscuit
16 wz. 1931 mess kit
17 spoon + fork kit
18 owijacze – belts of cloth used instead of socks
19 boots
20 GR-31 grenade – frag
21 GR-31 grenade – concussion
22 7,92 mm Mauser 1898a rifle
23 7,92 mm ammo clips
24 wz.1924 bayonet
25 wire cutting shears

 

Polish Cavalry Officer, 1939

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01 wz.1935 “rogatywka” garrison cap
02 wz.1923 forage cap
03 round cap of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment
04 wz.1937 “rogatywka” field cap
05 wz.1936 officers’ garrison jacket,
06 memorial badge of the 21st Uhlan Regiment
07 dog tag
08 wz.1936 officers’ field jacket
09 9mm wz.1935 “Vis” pistol
10 personal dressing
11 wz.1936 officers’ main belt
12 leather holster for the wz.1935 pistol
13 officers’ boots with spurs
14 officers’ field bag, B-type
15 binoculars
16 strap for wz.1935 pistol
17 wz.1921/22 officers’ sabre

Polish Uhlan, 1939

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01 wz. 1937 “rogatywka” field cap
02 wz. 1932 forage cap
03 “Adrian” French steel helmet
04 wz. 1936 jacket
05 wz. 1931 canteen
06 dog tag
07 leather ammo pouches for Mauser ammo
08 main belt
09 RSC gas mask with canister
10 wz. 1924 bayonet cover
11 folding shovel in a leather cover
12 boots with spurs
13 wz. 1931 mess kit
14 personal dressing
15 wz. 1934 cavalry sabre
16 7,92mm Mauser 1898a rifle
17 wz. 1924 bayonet
18 7,92 mm ammo clips
19 fork + spoon kit

 

Major, maintenance units of the 1st Polish Armoured Division, German, 1945

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01 M 37/40 battle dress, maintenance units banners on the collar tabs
02 black shoulder strap of 1st Armoured Div
03 1st Arm Div badge
04 Silver Cross of the Virtuti Militari Cross
05 M 37 webbing
06 11,43 mm Colt M1911 pistol
07 Officers’ boots
08 leather vest
09 drivers’ gloves
10 armoured units’ training helmet
11 AT Mk II motorcycle helmet
12 Mk II helmet
13 leggings

 

2nd Lt., AAA of the 2nd Polish Corps, Ital, 1945

ww2 uniforms 13

01 M40 battle dress, AAA colors of the collar tabs
02 American woollen shirt
03 M40 overcoat
04 M42 beret
05 boots
06 M37 breadbag
07 dog tags
08 ribbons of the Monte Cassino Cross
09 2nd Polish Corps Artillery memorial badge
10 Polish-English pocket dictionary
11 Propaganda leaflet

 

Lieutenant, 1st Polish Airborne Brigade, Arnhem, 1944

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01 British beret with Polish eagle and rank insignia
02 “Denison smock” Mk I Jacket
03 “Oversmock” vest
04 Officers’ boots
05 trousers from M37 Battle dress
06 British map pouch
07 captured German ammo pouch
used as a cover for a flashlight
08 webbing, belt and holster for
Enfield No2 revolver
09 9mm Sten Mk II SMG
10 AT Mk II airborne helmet

 

Major, 1st Polish Armoured Division (UK), 1942-43

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WW2 1st Polish Armoured Div – Regimental Day
1st Polish Armoured Div – Regimental Day
01 British forage cap with a Polish wz.1940 military eagle and major’s insignia
02 British officer’s jacket
03 British trousers
04 Officer’s belt
05 Shirt and Tie
06 Officers’ boots
07 Black shoulder strap of 1st Armoured Div
08 1st Armoured Division Badge
09 Banners of 1st Independent HMG Batallion
10 1st HMG Batallion’s honorary cord

Partisan of the Peasant Battalions (Bataliony Chlopskie) Poland, 1942

ww2 uniforms 16

01 wz.1937 “rogatywka” cap
02 jacket
03 trousers
04 boots
05 improvised armband
06 9 mm MP-40 SMG

 

Soldier of the Warsaw Uprising, 1944

ww2 uniforms 17

01 German “Gladiator” helmet
02 Wehrmacht sweatshirt in “Sumpftarnmuster” camp
03 Polish wz.1933 main belt
04 Polish breeches
05 German pre-1939 boots
06 Ak (Home Army) armband
07 9 mm Sten Mk II SMG
08 German ammo pouches for MP-38/40 mags

 

Private, 1st Polish Army, Kolberg, March 1945

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01 wz.1937 field “rogatywka” cap
02 Soviet M 1940 helmet with Polish wz.1943 military eagle
03 Model 1937 overcoat
04 Model 1936 tarpaulin jacket, infantry banners on the collar tabs
05 M 1935 drill trousers
06 owijacze (leggings)
07 Soviet main belt
08 boots
09 German M-09 ammo pouches
10 pot
11 self-made spoon
12 7,62 Mosin 1891/30 rifle with bayonet
13 F-1 grenade
14 RPG-1 anti-tank grenade
15 oiler for the Mosin rifle
16 Maxim HMG ammo belt container
17 canteen

 

Private, Polish Army in the USSR, 1941

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01 wz.1937 “rogatywka” field cap
02 Model 1937 overcoat
03 main belt
04 Model 1904 ammo pouches
05 felt boots
06 tarpaulin gloves
07 7,62 mm Tokarev SVT-40 rifle

 

Private, 1st Grenadier Division, Polish Army in France, 1940

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01 Model 1919 beret
02 Model 1918 French forage cap
03 French Model 1915 “Adrian” helmet
04 Polish “rogatywka” cap
05 ammo clip
06 ammo pack
07 leather webbing
08 Model 1916 ammo pouches
09 Model 03/14 main belt
10 8 mm Berthier 1892 carbine
11 Model 1938 privates’ jacket
12 Model 1922 trousers
13 Model 1935 gas mask with leather bag
14 calendar
15 Model 1893 backpack
16 blanket
17 Model 1935 mess kit
18 Model 1935 cup
19 canteen
20 Model 1917 boots

SS-Reiter (Private), 8. SS-Kavallerie Division “Florian Geyer”, summer 1944

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01 – M-40 Feldmutze field cap
02 – M-40 helemt with SS badges
03 – Feldbluse 44- new sweatshirt, inspired by the British battle dress, cavalry markings on the shoulder straps
04 – trousers
05 – M-35 belt
06 – wool shirt
07 – M-39 webbing
08 – “Florian Geyer” division armband
09 – woollen gloves
10 – Panzerfaust 60
11 – 7,92 mm Sturmgewehr 44
12 – M-84/98 bayonet
13 – tarpaulin ammo pouches
14 – M-24 grenade
15 – Waffen SS payment book
16 – M-31 canteen
17 – M-43 leather boots
18 – leggins

 

Waffen SS Sturmmann (Corporal), Normandy, 1944

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01 – M-40 helmet with SS badges
02 – M-43 SS Feldbluse, Sturmmann’s insignia on the collar tabs and left sleeve, Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon on the button
03 – trousers from the Drillichtanzug 43 uniform, in “Tupfenmuster” camo
04 – SS main belt with webbing
05 – Patronentasche für MP-Magazine, ammo pouches for MP-38/40
06 – map pouch
07 – 9 mm MP-40 SMG
08 – breadbag, canteen, Zeltbahn tent cloth
09 – boots
10 – gas mask canister

 

SS- Haupsturmfuhrer (Captain)

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01 – M-38 SS officers’ jacket, with SD rhombus on the left sleeve, silver chevron on the right sleeve means that the uniform owner joined NSDAP before 30.01.1933
02 – Schirmmütze officers’ cap
03 – M-44 officers’ trousers
04 – M-34 officers’ belt
05 – Decorations:
– Iron Cross 1st Class
– ribbons: “Kriegsverdienstkreuz” (war service cross), medal for the winter campaign on the eastern front 1941/42, bronze SA sport badge
06 – Ehrendegen des Reichsführers-SS, “Reichsfuhrer’s Honorary Sword”
07 – Totenkopfring der SS

 

Fallschirmjäger Unteroffizier (Corporal), 1944

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01 – Fallschirmschützen-Stahlhelm 38 jump helmet
02 – Fallschirmschützen Bluse camouflage sweatshirt in “Splittermuster” camo, rank insignia on the sleeves, Luftwaffe eagle on the right breast
03 – M-37 trousers
04 – M-38 gas mask in a tarpaulin bag
05 – 9 mm MP-40 SMG
06 – ammo pouches for MP-40, main belt and webbing
07 – M-31 canteen in “Fliegerblau”- “aviation blue”
08 – M-31 breadbag
09 – folding shovel
10 – Ziess 6×30 binoculars
11 – boots

 

“Linse” boat operator, K-Verband, Flotille K-211, Baie de Seine, France, 1944

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01 – Fallschirmschützen-Stahlhelm 38 jump helmet
02 – life jacket
03 – Kriegsmarine leather jacket, “K-Verband” badge on the sleeve
04 – leather trousers
05 – Kriegsmarine sweatshirt
06 – “Schiffchen” forage cap
07 – payment book
08 – leather-canvas shoes

German cavalry sergeant major (Oberwachtmeister), 1939-40

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01 – M-35 steel helmet
02 – feldgrau jacket with gold (“Waffenfarbe Goldgelb”) markings of the cavalry
03 – Steingrau cavalry breeches
04 – black leather belt
05 – holster for Luger P-08 pistol
06 – leather webbing- “Koppeltraggestell”
07 – cavalry boots with spurs
08 – M-38 gas mask
09 – anti-mustard gas cloth
10 – trumpet

 

Private first class (Matrosengefreiter) Kriegsmarine landing units, 1940

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01 – M-35 helmet with Kriegsmarine decal
02 – privates’ and NCOs’ jacket, Matrosengefreiter insignia on the sleeve
03 – standard trousers
04 – boots
05 – M-38 gas mask with canister
06 – leather main belt with ammo pouches
07 – M-31 tarpaulin breadbag
08 – mess kit with cup
09 – Mauser 98k rifle

 

Private, Luftwaffe, France, 1944

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01 – M-40 helmet
02 – Einheitsfeldmütze M-43 field cap
03 – M-43 sweatshirt in “Sumpftarnmuster” camo
04 – trousers
05 – webbing
06 – 7,92 mm Mauser 98k rifle with bayonet
07 – M-31 breadbag
08 – M-31 canteen
09 – M-39 boots
10 – dog tag
11 – “Esbit” pocket heater

 

Panzertruppe lieutnant, 1939

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01 – officers’ cap with with pink band of the armored corps (“Waffenfarbe Rosa”)
02 – black officers’ jacket, Prussian Death Hussars’ Totenkopf on the collar tabs.
03 – grey shirt
04 – armored troops’ trousers
05 – officers’ boots
06 – headphones
07 – laryngophone
08 – protective goggles
09 – M-34 leather belt
10 – leather holster for Luger P-08 pistol
11 – leather gloves
12 – standard grey socks
13 – M-31 Meldetasche- map pouch
14 – Zeiss 6×30 binoculars

 

Luftwaffe Hauptmann (Captain), FW-190-A8 pilot, Jagdgeschwader 300 “Wilde Sau”, Germany, 1944

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01 – LKp N101 headphones
02 – Nitsche & Günther Fl. 30550 goggles
03 – Drager model 10-69 oxygen mask
04 – Hankart watch
05 – AK 39Fl. compass
06 – 25 mm Walther Flarepistol M-43 with ammo belt
07 – holster
08 – FW-190 parachute
09 – aviation boots
10 – M-37 Luftwaffe breeches
11 – Luftwaffe leather jacket with Hauptmann’s insignia and Luftwaffe armband

Sergeant major (Feldwebel), Luftwaffe, Africa, 1943

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01 – M-41 field cap with Luftwaffe eagle
02 – M-41 Luftwaffe tropical jacket, yellow collar tabs of the flying personnel
03 – linen trousers
04 – main belt with holster for the P-08 pistol
05 – “Afrika” armband of the Luftwaffe’s African theater units
06 – leather gloves
07 – oxygen mask (bomber version)
08 – linen pilots’ cap with earphones
09 – life jacket
10 – leather boots
11 – aviation goggles
12 – Kappmesser M-37 knife
13 – “Hankart” watch
14 – compass
15 – map
16 – Deutsches Kreuz in Gold- Golden German Cross, established 1941
17 – Iron Cross 1st Class
18 – Luftwaffe pilot badge
19 – bomber crew badge
20 – pilot’s military ID

 

Unteroffizier (corporal), Wehrmacht Propagandakompanie, 1943

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01 – M-42 helmet
02 – M-43 summer jacket
03 – shoulder straps with Unteroffizier’s insignia
and bright yellow colors of the signal troops
(used by the PK until 1943, later changet to grey)
04 – trousers
05 – Leica camera
06 – infantry assault badge
07 – “Propagandakompanie” armband
08 – belt
09 – holster for Luger P-08 pistol
10 – map pouch
11 – woollen socks
12 – leather boots

 

Schtzupolizei hauptwachtmeister (Master sergeant), 1943.

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01 – M-40 steel helmet
02 – Bergemutze M-43 field cap with green markings (“Waffenfarbe Hellgrun”) of the mountain units
03 – M-40 police jacket, Schutzpolizei emblem on the sleeve
04 – mountain troops’ ski trousers
05 – leather belt
06 – hoster for P-08 pistol
07 – 9 mm P-08 pistol
08 – payment book
09 – dog tag
10 – Meldetasche map pouch
11 – M-39 grenade
12 – leggins
13 – mountain boots
14 – 9 mm ammo pack

 

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01 – M-35 field jacket with Unteroffizier’s insignia
02 – M-35 steel helmet with Heeres markings
03 – Zeltbahn M-31 tent cloth in “Splittermuster” camo
04 – Grey (“Steingrau”) trousers
05 – Leather belt
06 – Anti-mustard gas cloth
07 – M-38 gas mask
08 – M-24 grenade
09 – Black leather ammo pouches
10 – M-31 aluminium canteen
11 – Boots
12 – 7,92 mm Mauser 98k rifle
13 – Seitengewehr 84/98 bayonet
14 – Wire cutting shears

 

Afrika Korps private, 1941

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01 – M-35 steel helmet in desert camo
02 – M-40 olive jacket with white markings (infantry)
03 – M-40 breeches
04 – M-40 shorts
05 – main belt and webbing
06 – brown leather ammo pouches
07 – Tropenhelm cork helmet with Heeres insignia
08 – M-24 grenade
09 – 7,92 mm ammo pack
10 – 7,92 mm Mauser 98k rifle
11 – Seitengewehr 84/98 bayonet
12 – breadbag
13 – brown bakelite canteen (“coconut”)
14 – M-31 mess kit
15 – M-31 tent cloth
16 – tropical boots
17 – RAF aircraft recognition book

 

USMC private, Pacific, 1944

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01 – M1 helmet with cover
02 – sweatshirt and trousers
03 – dog tags
04 – main belt with two canteens, personal dressing, ammo pouches and compass
05 – M41 backpack with blanket
06 – USMC leggins
07 – US Navy boots
08 – Mk II frag grenade
09 – 7,62 mm (.30) M1 carbine
10 – Collins knife-machette

 

Corporal, US Military Police, 1945

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01 – M1 helmet, ebonite
02 – woollen shirt
03 – M38 jacket
04 – white MP cord
05 – whistle
06 – armband
07 – belt
08 – gloves
09 – Colt M1911A1 pistol
10 – trousers
11 – “Baush and Lomb” sunglasses
12 – MP forage cap
13 – wooden baton
14 – “Victory” matches
15 – white leggins
16 – boots

 

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