Britain in WW2
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What was the item that soldiers wore around the top of their boots?

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04/15/2009

Gaiters are the cloth coverings that were worn above the army shoe, before boots were issued. US Army The US wore laced gaiters over their shoes until about 1943. Then a boot was issued that had a top that buckled around the leg. Italian Army had the leg wrappings that dates back to WW1. However, special troops like motorcycle riders had a hard, leather leg covering that buckled around their calf. And in WWII + present they had boot knives.