World War II Allied Forces

World War British Desert

Military weapons, tactics, and uniforms a tend to develop rapidly during periods of conflict and to remain fairly stable during times of peace. This was certainly true of the period between the two world wars. When World War II began in Europe in 1939, the uniforms and equipment worn and carried by the soldiers were, in many cases, not much different from those their fathers had worn in 1918. This 1 940s' British infantryman right wears special snow clothing a piece of early camouflage. The...

World War Axis Forces

German Paratroopers Winter Uniforms

Both Germany and Italy took pride in their stylish uniforms, but as warfare became more sophisticated and varied, there arose a corresponding need for innovations in clothing and equipment. Under the Treaty of Versailles, which brought an end to World War I, Germany had to get rid of most of her armed forces. Then, in March 1935, Hitler announced that he was reintroducing conscription. His new army needed to be equipped and clothed, and, unlike its Allied counterparts, its uniforms were to be...