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35 Amazing Photos Of World War II Uniforms

Military uniform is the standardised dress worn by members of the armed forces and paramilitaries of various nations. Uniforms have gone through major changes over the centuries from colourful to standardised and distinctive dress, intended for identification and display. Below we have gathered 35 amazing photos of World War II uniforms of British, Polish, German, Italian and American armies.

1. 82nd Airborne, Sicilly, 1943

82nd Airborne

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

2. Private, Volksgrenadier division, Italy/Greece, 1944

Private, Volksgrenadier division

US infantry, 1942-1945.
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

3. Sergeant, UK 1st Airborne, 1944

Sergeant, UK 1st Airborne

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

4. 2nd Lt, 1st Infantry Division, Polish People’s Army (USSR), 1943

1st Infantry Division, Polish Peoples Army

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

5. Major, Polish Air Force in the UK (1940-45)

Major, Polish Air Force in the UK

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

6. Polish Infantry – Private (1939)

Polish Infantry – Private 2

Polish Infantry – Private

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

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

SS-Reiter (Private)

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

8. 2nd Lt., AAA of the 2nd Polish Corps (Italy 1945)

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

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

9. Lieutenant, 1st Polish Airborne Brigade, Arnhem, Netherlands, 1944

Lieutenant, 1st Polish Airborne Brigade

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

10. Major, maintenance units of the 1st Polish Armoured Division (Germany, 1945)

Major, maintenance units of the 1st Polish Armoured Division

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

11. Polish Cavalry Officer (1939)

Polish Cavalry Officer

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

12. Polish Uhlan (1939)

Polish Uhlan

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

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

Major-1st_Polish_Armoured_Division-UK-1942-43

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

14. Partisan of the Peasant Battalions (Bataliony Chłopskie), Poland, 1942

Peasant Battalions (Bataliony Chlopskie)

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

15. Private, 1st Grenadier Division, Polish Army in France (1940)

Private, 1st Grenadier Division, Polish Army in France

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

16. Private, 1st Polish Army, Kolberg, March 1945

Private, 1st Polish Army, Kolberg

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

17. Private, Polish Army in the USSR (1941)

Private, Polish Army in the USSR

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

18. Soldier of the Warsaw Uprising, 1944

Soldier of the Warsaw Uprising

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

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

boat operator, K-Verband, Flotille K-211

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

20. Fallschirmjäger Unteroffizier (Corporal), 1944

Fallschirmjäger Unteroffizier (Corporal)

01 – Fallschirmschützen-Stahlhelm 38 jump helmet
02 – Fallschirmschützen Bluse camouflage sweatshirt in “Splittermuster” camo, rank insignia on the sleeves, uftwaffe 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

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