Eastern Front Type Felt Over-Boots - WWII German
Very impressive and large size winter over-boots. These are big clod-hopping things made for warmth and not for mobility. Well marked to maker, date and size with fabric labels: Robert Masalich Selfhennersdorf 1941 36. One boot has an R and the other a L. Wood soles with a rubber cover nailed into place. These were probably not used as the size is also marked on the wood on the bottom. I doubt that many used examples survived. The trim is a random combination of brown and black leather. Some wear but overall excellent condition. The German soldiers suffered greatly in the winter of 1941 but the date on this pair shows how quickly they learned even if the overall premise of invading Russia was flawed from the start. Obviously these were not hot items for vets to seek out and bring home. The story from the family these came from was that the vet had stuffed jewels and gold coins into the toes assuming (Correctly) that nobody would check such ugly boots for plunder. I know in this business we don't buy stories but I have no reason to doubt in this case. Really a neat pair that screams "Eastern Front".