Leibermuster was a six-color military camouflage pattern developed by the Third Reich in February 1945. Known in German as "Buntfarbenaufdruck 45" ('Colorful print 45') for its year of introduction, Leibermuster ('Body pattern') was issued on a very limited basis to combat units before the war ended. It was the first pattern issued to both regular army (Wehrmacht), and Waffen-SS units. The pattern consists of black, brown, olive, pale green, white, and red.
Although it has been claimed that "carbon black" was used in the pattern to defeat then nascent infrared night vision devices, it is more likely that the red in the pattern was used for that reason, as the issue in night vision is how to make camouflage colors reflect more infrared light rather than less.
Wartime photographic evidence shows herringbone twill field blouses (tunics) and trousers made in the Leibermuster camouflage. At least one apparently genuine example of a winter parka in Leibermuster was seen after the war. More often, Leibermuster material shows up as post-war examples of clothing for civilian use.
Reproduction Leibermuster uniforms, created for collectors and reenactors, have become available on the market through European vendors. Reproductions are made in China and Turkey.
- Richardson, Francis. (1945). Camouflage Fabrics both Plain and Printed for Military Use by the German SS and German Army. Reprinted in: Borsarello, J.F. (Ed.). (1990?). SS & Wehrmacht Camouflage, ISO Publications; London.
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|