German Armored Forces Uniforms

By Willi Schumacher

Introduction

This section consists of the uniforms and insignia of the German Panzer and assault gun forces during the Third Reich and World War II. These include the Army (Heer), Air Force (Luftwaffe - primarily the Hermann Göring Panzer Division) and the Waffen-SS and Police. Because of the size of the subject, this article is divided into smaller sections, based first on the branch, and then on subject. For a complete picture, it is advised to read the articles in the order they are listed in the table of contents.

Sources

The following books were referenced in the preparation of these materials and are highly recommended. For the purchasing of many fine military-related books, contact Roger Bender Publishing or Mr. Jack Hatter of Volume Control.

  1. ANGOLIA, John R. & SCHLICHT, Adolf. Uniforms & Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945. James Bender Publishing, 1984.
  2. DAVIS, Brian L. German Army Uniforms and Insignia 1933-1945. Arco Publishing, 1977.
  3. BENDER, Roger James & PETERSEN, George A. "Hermann Göring:" From Regiment to Fallschirmpanzerkorps. James Bender Publishing, 1993.
  4. MOLLO, Andrew. Uniforms of the Waffen-SS, volume 6: Waffen-SS Clothing and Equipment 1939-1945. Historical research unit, 1972.
  5. MOLLO, Andrew. Uniforms of the Waffen-SS, volume 7: Waffen-SS Badges and Unit Distinctions 1939-1945. Historical research unit, 1976.
  6. BEAVER, Michael D. Camouflaged uniforms of the Waffen-SS: A Photographic Reference. Schiffer Publishing, 1995.
  7. WILLIAMSON, Gordon & McGUIRL, Thomas. German Military Cuffbands 1784-Present. R. James Bender Publishing, 1998.
  8. ANGOLIA, LTC (Ret.) John R. Cloth Insignia of the SS. R. James Bender Publishing, 1983.
  9. BENDER, Roger James & TAYLOR, Hugh Page. Uniforms, Organization and History of the Waffen-SS, Volume 1. R. James Bender Publishing, 1969.
  10. COOK, Stan & BENDER, Roger James. Uniforms, Organization and History of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Volume 1. R. James Bender Publishing, 1994.
  11. SMITH, Jill Halcomb & SARIS, Wilhelm P.B.R. Headgear of Hitler's Germany, Volume . R. James Bender Publishing, 1992.
  12. BENDER, Roger James & ODEGARD, Warren W. Uniforms, Organization and History of the Panzertruppe. R. James Bender Publishing, 1980.
  13. BEAVER, Michael D. Uniforms of the Waffen-SS (volume 1-3). Schiffer Publishing, 2002.

A Word of Thanks

The author would like to thank all those collectors who have contributed photographs of their collections to help illustrate many of the artifacts described in this article.