German war time puttees (Wickelgamaschen)
In Imperial German army there where two types of boots used – marching boots (marschstiefel) and lace-up boots (schnurrstiefel). The lace-up boots were worn together with puttees (wickelgamaschen). They served as a support for the lower part of legs from ankle to knee as well as a protection against small stones, dust, sand, etc.
Puttees where made of a long and narrow piece of cloth which was wrapped spirally around each leg.
This pair of puttees is a war time example in an unusual blue colour. On the internal sides there are manufacturer labels sewn in: the “Mars” Gamasche. The hooks are marked D.R.G.M. The puttees have numerous signs of repairs and usage.