German Army Blanket
Notice: we were scheduled to raise the price of these blankets but we discovered a number of them had a minor flaw on the edge where the loom failed to tuck the gray threads in near the colored stripes (see photos). Because of this, we do not feel right raising the price. It shouldn't be a huge issue but we have to mention it. On some blankets the flaw is quite short and on others it is longer (the blankets with longer flaws are sold as FLAWED German Army Blanket for $10 less.) We will ship out the best ones first. We have actually found this same flaw on an original blanket so it is not entirely out of place. That being said the description below still applies...
Reproduction WWII German army 100% wool blanket made in USA. This is the most detailed reproduction blanket yet made. It was copied down to the pattern, weave, and even the moth protection tag. Even the markings are done correctly with an ink stamp and not screen printed like many other "repro" blankets. Stamping produces a very distinctive look. The blankets are warmer than other reproductions; The weave is tighter, like originals, and the wool has a nap or fuzz to it, like our good condition originals which traps more heat. Each blanket weighs a little over 3lbs. The top and bottom edges are unfinished like virtually all originals. Very very few examples of this blanket ever had surged edges and we believe those were either private purchase or something done later perhaps by a unit tailor or by hand in the field.
At the outbreak of war, German army regulations dictated that every man would be issued a single blanket. After the disastrous Russian winter of 1941/42 this was changed and every man would receive an extra blanket in the winter along with their gloves, scarves etc... These additional items would be collected in the spring time, repaired if need be and re-issued the following fall.
This pattern of blanket (gray with a red and blue stripe) is the textbook German army blanket and was something of a traditional form by WWII. We have examples of this construction from the mid 1800's throughout both world wars. The reason for the colored stripes, according to a veteran, was to designate which end was for your head and which end was for your feet. His actual words were "why would you want to smell the last guys feet!" He also said that red was for your head. While the German army did use a number of blankets from conquered nations, this pattern is 100% German military. We had multiple originals to work from and these turned out so well I am now very paranoid about one of our originals becoming accidentally mixed in with the repros. The blankets measure approximately 80 inches by 53 inches. This size is slightly larger than originals to account for some potential shrinkage.
These are made from 100% virgin wool. Dry clean or hand wash cold. DO NOT BLEACH! Line dry (that means hang it up, DO NOT PUT IN THE DRYER OR USE HEAT, unless you want a child size blanket and a dryer completely clogged with lint). Can be ironed with low heat if desired. Be careful to avoid the moth tag with the iron.
If you would like a blanket without the eagle and HU ink stamp, simply make a note in your order.