HJ Summer Service Shorts
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In general, the uniforms of the male Hitler Youth members consisted of a top, a neckerchief and woggle – but a tie for officers –, bottoms, a belt, knee socks, and shoes or boots.
Prior to 1933, different types and colours of shorts were worn. In 1933 a regulation stated that all non-officers and non-leaders of the Hitler Youth were to wear the light brown summer service shorts (Sommerdiensthose) between April 15 and October 14 as part of the summer uniform.
In a regulation from April 4, 1935, the colour of the shorts was changed to black, and they were to be made of polished cotton. This was to take effect starting on January 1st, 1936.
These shorts were made of cotton and had two slash concealed front pockets, as well as two pleated patch pockets with a buttoned flap on the backside. There were belt loops to hold the belt, as well as two take-up straps, one on the right, one on the left, at the waist.
The buttons on the back pockets were made from imitation leather. Other materials were not allowed.
The shirt was worn inside the trousers.
Boys in Franconia, the Hochland region, and German-Austria were instead permitted to wear their traditional leather shorts (Lederhosen).
Students at National Political Educational Institutes (NPEAs) wore olive brown shorts for pre-military training (Geländedienst).
Starting in 1940, the division between German Youngsters and Hitler Youth uniforms, as well as between summer and winter uniform was largely abandoned. The winter uniform, originally only worn between October 15 and April 14, could be worn at any time, especially during the performance of war duties.
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