Early war photo of German Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.C or D (Sd.Kfz. 161) driver wearing the beret-type "Schutzmütze" (protective cap). This headgear consisted of the soft padded crash helmet, which served to protect the heads of the panzer crew from injuries sustained when the vehicle was motoring over rough terrain, and the black cover. The helmet was circular in shape and manufactured with 1.5cm thick felt or red rubber sponge. The exterior was covered in black cloth and the interior was…

Early war photo of German Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.C or D (Sd.Kfz. 161) driver wearing the beret-type "Schutzmütze" (protective cap). This headgear consisted of the soft padded crash helmet, which served to protect the heads of the panzer crew from injuries sustained when the vehicle was motoring over rough terrain, and the black cover. The helmet was circular in shape and manufactured with 1.5cm thick felt or red rubber sponge. The exterior was covered in black cloth and the interior was…

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A German mortar team operating an 8 cm. Granatwerfer 34 close to a 'knocked out' T-34/76 Soviet tank near Stalingrad. c. September 1942 (Colourised by Royston Leonard UK)

A German mortar team operating an 8 cm. Granatwerfer 34 close to a 'knocked out' T-34/76 Soviet tank near Stalingrad. c. September 1942 (Colourised by Royston Leonard UK)

A member of the early SS-VT (Verfugungstruppe) displays a winter uniform with marching pack, bedroll and M39 helmet. He is wearing the distinctive SS-VT side cap.

A member of the early SS-VT (Verfugungstruppe) displays a winter uniform with marching pack, bedroll and M39 helmet. He is wearing the distinctive SS-VT side cap.

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