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World War II German Submariner Uniform
World War II German Submariner Uniform
Resource Typeimage
TitleWorld War II German Submariner Uniform
Coverage / Year1935 to 1942; World War II
DescriptionA World War II German submariner leather uniform. Black leather jacket and pants with gold anchor buttons. Pants have leather suspenders buttoned to the pants at four points. The inside of the jacket is lined with black wool and the pants are lined with heavy insulated fabric.
InterpretationThe leather uniform is designed to keep the wearer warm during cold weather while aboard ship or on land. Cold-weather duty in the North Atlantic necessitated warm, protective clothing. The machine-filled submarine called for uniforms resistant to oil and dirt. This style uniform was designed in 1935 and was one of several styles available to the German Navy. The short collar and waist length coat indicate that this uniform was designed to be issued to engine personnel as well as to those sailors of technical ranks such as torpedo or electric motor personnel. The particular design of this jacket allowed for significant mobility for the daily tasks performed by its wearer. Other uniform colors available were gray or green, (most common) and brown (least common).
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; World War II;
Learning Standards16 History; 10-12 Science; 13 Science, Technology and Society;
Author or CreatorKriegsmarine (German Navy)
SourceWiggins, Melanie. U-Boat Adventures. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1999. Gordon Williamson. U-Boat Crews. London, England: Reed International Books, 1995; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Accession File #1990.7
Subject / KeywordsWorld War II; Military uniforms; Uniforms; Submarine warfare; Submarines; German Navy; Clothing & dress; Military history;
Collection PublisherMuseum of Science and Industry, Chicago;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
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Resource Identifier1990.7
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