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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

Fig. 16

The design of the boot's top of the French model 1941 (Brodequins Mle 41) was changed again. The lacing system consists of seven pairs of eyelets, the reinforcement rivets were added again, the counter features additional padding (Fig. 17, 18). The leather out-soles are thick, padded with nails and metal tips on the toes and the heels.

Fig. 17

Fig. 18

French military boots model 1945 (Brodequins Mle 45) by their design closely resemble the current models of the army boots. These boots served as the basis for creating the boots Mle 45 (model of the year 1952). The outer leather lining on the counter reaches the top of the boot's rear side, the lacing system consists of seven or eight pairs of round eyelets, and steel rivets on the sides of the lacing system was the same as in the boots model 1941 (Fig. 19, 20).

The French army boots model 1945 is also available with leather (type 1) and rubber (type 2) out-soles.

Fig. 19

Fig. 20

Sometimes a kind of "hybrid" models appeared after repairs, with rubber tread soles (tips) attached to the leather out-soles. The tread patterns of these boots can be very diverse. Sometimes the tread patterns of the out-soles and the heels did not match (Fig. 21-22), as shown in the photo illustrations.

Fig. 21

Fig. 22

The boots model 1945 designed specially for the National French Navy (Brodequins Mle 45 Marine Nationale) featured smooth leather out-soles without tamping nails (i.e. without nail heads protruding out of the soles), and only the heels were tapped with small nails. The lacing system consisted of nine pairs of round eyelets.

Fig. 23

Fig. 24

Fig. 23-25 - On the out-sole one can see the marking of the manufacturer and the date of production - fourth quarter of the year 1951 (4/51 in a circle), and the "sea anchor" stamping on the sole near the heel.

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