1⁄35SS-Scharführer, Wiking Division - Kharkow, 1943
The winter of 1942/43 brought numerous changes in winter clothing for German military due to the lessons learned in the winter of 1941/42. While the Wehrmacht developed their own winter garments, and the Waffen-SS developed a different winter garment. In this case: the fur-lined one-piece pullover parka.
The Waffen-SS soldiers, in the famous battle of Kharkow, very commonly wore this winter parka in the winter of 1943. Depending on the availability of fur-lining during the war, various types were used on this garment. The parka lining was usually made of sheepskin and wool, but rabbit fur was also used. The parka colours varied from a darker field grey, a mouse grey, a brown grey colour and a green colour. The second pattern of the parka has two pleated chest pockets and two lower pockets.