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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s