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Model 1907/10 Feldrock
AKO 19.04.1907 announced the release of the new German Feldgrau (field-gray) uniform, known universally as the M1907/10 Feldrock. The new uniform was intended for field use only, and the old Dunkelblau uniforms were maintained for all other occasions. The Feldrock was made of a material called Tuch, which was a heavy wool Feldgrau (green-grey) material. The new uniform was piped in regiment or branch of service uniform colors, with colored piping sewn around the bottom edge of the collar, on the front fly, on the cuffs and flaps, and the rear skirt formation. Shoulder straps were a slip-on pattern and piped in Army corps colors or unit facing colors depending on the unit.

The upper part of the cloth lining above the waist was white, and the lower part including the rear skirts was grey. In the waist were fitted ties to allow the wearer to adjust the waist for proper fit. Two large removable hooks in the shape of buttons are attached above the rear skirt formation and were used to carry the extra weight of the belt and it's attached equipment. On the hips, two Tombac side hooks were sewn on to also help distribute the weight.
Dates of introduction were as follows:
  • Infanterie and Artillerie AKO 19.04.1907
  • Ulanen, Dragoner, Kürassier (Koller) AKO 05.03.1908
  • Husaren AKO 22.11.1909
  • Chevaulegers AKO 25.07.1909
  • Kürassier (Feldrock) and officers AKO 23.02.1910
Issued M1907/10 Feldrock had two lower external pockets secured by buttons, private purchase M1907/10 Feldrock are found with or without these pocket buttons..The cuffs on the M1907/10 Feldrock followed the patterns found on the old Dunkelblau uniforms, and were made in Brandenburg, Swedish or Sachsen (Saxon) patterns. The collar was a stand and fall design with rounded corners secured with one or two sets of hooks. There was a cloth tab and button under the collar to hold the collar vertical in inclement weather.
The M1907 was officially replaced for all German troops in early 1914 by the M1913 Landstrurm Feldrock, which as its name implies, was a simplified M07/10 originally intended only for the Landsturm. The primary differences, were the 1913 Feldrock had a simplified grey lining, the belt hooks were sewn into the body, the waist ties were removed, and the cuffs now had cloth tabs.

This example of a Mannschaften (Other Ranks) issued M07/10 (1913) Feldrock is from 2. Kurhessisches Infanterie-Regt. Nr.82 (Göttingen) XI Armee Korps. The Feldrock is a regulation issue example in Feldgrau wool with red wool piping.
Slip-on pattern M07/10 shoulder straps have a tongue at the back which enables the straps to be removable.

The list below indicates the primary Armee-Korps piping colors which is reflected by the strap piping color. For officer boards, the underlay matched the colors of the Mannschaften (Other Ranks) shoulder straps. This applies only to Infantry and Artillery straps. Other arms such as cavalry, Jäger etc used piping not in alliance with Armee Korps.
Primary Armee-Korps piping colors:
  • White: I, II, IX, X, XII, & I Bavarian
  • Red: III, IV XI, XIII XV, XIX, & II Bavarian
  • Yellow: V, VI, XVI, XVII, & III Bavarian
  • Blue: VII, VIII, XVIII, XX
  • Green: XXI
Piping exceptions due to seniority and Regimental distinctions:
  • White: 1st and 5th Garde Regt zu Füß, 1st and 5th Guard Grenadiers, Infanterie Regiments 109, 110, 116
  • Red: 2nd Foot Garde Regt zu Füß, 2nd Guard Grenadiers, 11 Battalion 89th Grenadiers, Infanterie Regiments 111, 115, 168, 169, 171 and 172.
  • Yellow: 3rd Garde Regt zu Füß, 3rd Guard Grenadiers, Guard Füsiliers, Infanterie Regiments 112, 118 and 142.
  • Blue: 4th Garde Regt zu Füß, 4th Guard Grenadiers, Infanterie Regiments 40, 113, 145 and 170.
  • Green: 114th Reqt.
On the M07/10 Feldrock, the buttons were dulled brass or dulled silver-grey (with a few exceptions) which matched the color of the metal fittings on the Pickelhaube.

All M07/10 buttons were rimmed and had either a crown or a Lion (for Bayern) and came in two different sizes; 17mm for the lower front pockets and 21amm for the front closure.

Company number buttons continued to be worn on the shoulder straps, were also made from dulled brass of silver and also carried the rimmed edging.
Cuff patterns generally followed those on the Dunkelblau Waffenrock, with the exception that the cuff was fitted with a slit on the back seam and secured with one or two horn buttons. This slit could be opened or closed as the wearer desired.
In 1914 the slits on the back seam were replaced with cloth tabs to close the cuffs.
Essentially, the rear of the M-07/10 Feldrock was identical to the M1895 Dunkelblau Waffenrock. The rear skirt had two large buttons attached above the rear skirt formation which were used to carry the extra weight of the belt and its attached equipment. In each rear skirt liner were two pockets, which were accessed through a long vertical slit opening.
A view of the rear button hooks.

On the M1907/1910 these buttons were removable, on the 1913 Feldrock shown here, the belt hooks were sewn into the body.
A view of the cloth tab used to close the collar on issue M1907/1910 Feldrock.
The 1913 version of the M07/10 Feldrock is completely lined in an off-white/grey on the top and a grey/tan linen on the bottom. Note the two leather reinforcements for the rear belt hooks and the first aid bandage pocket mounted on the lower right of the lining. The liner was usually stamped with Army Clothing depot markings and could include the year of the stamping, issuing army corps, and size information.
Jäger and Schützen
Jäger and Schützen did not wear Feldgrau M07/10 Feldrocks. They wore a Graugrün (grey green) Feldrock and headgear; it is very distinctive being much more green. Please note that the Bavarians Jäger did not wear Grugrün (grey green); they wore Feldgrau.
Cavalry Regiments incorporated their distinctive uniform patterns with the M07/10 regulations. The uniforms were similar in appearance to the old Dunkelblau patterns, but were now Feldgrau with the addition of pockets, cuff slits etc. according to the new regulations. Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge.

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Jäger zu Pferde
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