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Late answer (sorry).ChristopherPerrien wrote: ↑05 Feb 2016 15:36The German Army "look" in WWII somewhat puzzles me. While they did not have electric clippers in the field, and having long hair on top is at least good for some insulation in the winter time and it was their style, It would seem to me the presence of lice, would lend toward shorter American style "crewcuts". It is what I would have had. I got my first Army cut in 1985 and I still have it. Long hair ( touching your ears or just long on top) is simply "itchy" to me , and this does not even consider the serious lice and typhus problems the German Wehrmacht had in WWII.
Wish old HaEn was still around, I would like to know what consideration they had of the lice/typhus issue at times in respect to haircuts.
FWIIW, I am not a blond Nazi,though I am part German, I am a blond Viking , somewhat higher on the "blond list" .
Nothing puzzling about it, it's an extremely efficient haircut.
From dozens of interviews of German vets, the same line is repeated: This haircut was necessary to have a PERFECT fit for the German steel helmet. A shaved head resulted in an extremely uncomfortable fit, in fact it did not fit at all and moved all the time. Long top (German: "Deckhaar") and aggressively short sides meant the helmet fit perfectly on top (did not move) and then the leather straps would fit perfectly on the sides and secure the helmet.
The haircut also had other practical uses:
- It fit German military regulations (no hair can appear about 2-3 fingers above ears).
- It also fit the German style beliefs of the time. I read a German veteran say that shaved heads was believed to be the look of "criminals and prison inmates". German officers even would forbid shaved heads (and in fact this would continue in many armies for years. I know for a fact in the French Army, for a long time, it was forbidden to "Bic your head", at least in the Legion. The reason was still helmet fit).
And generally speaking, the rough look of many of these haircuts was because they were done in the field with manual clippers. There was little fading/blending.
I'm kind of passionate about barbering/hairstyles