Leather Greaves

Lower leg wrappings are an iconic part of the First World War uniform. Most soldiers wore ‘puttees’ – strips of cloth wound around the lower leg like bandages on top of the trousers and boots to protect the leg from mud and scratches. Officers in particular sometimes wore leather greaves (also referred to as ‘leggings’) which strapped onto the leg and acted as basic armour. They were also worn by cavalry. These particular greaves are from later in the twentieth century but strongly resemble those used in World War One.

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