Use of Riding Boots

Riding Boots - Rohrstiefel

As can be deduced by examining any body of Luftwaffe photography from the early war years, it was quite fashionable (particularly among officers) to wear their riding boots as part of the flying service uniform.  This practice was discouraged by the authorities, and finally officially prohibited, although examples are documented well into the Russian campaign.  See Prien, JG53, I, 294.


Prien, Jochen, Jagdgeschwader 53, (Altglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1995), I, 294.

Prodger, Luftwaffe vs. RAF, II, 148.

Author's observations.

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