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It's just improvised winter camouflage. The lace's netting is also practical because he could stick in twigs or whatever to enhance the camouflage effect.
I dare say lace wasn't standard issue, lol.
True, but soldiers can't get by with standard-issue gear only. They're always scrounging, improving, augmenting, customizing, and improvising. It's a time-honored Army tradition. If I recall my WW2 history, our guys were thrust into the Battle of the Bulge with fall weather uniforms, so anything to 'retrofit' their uniforms for winter fighting would have made sense to other soldiers.Personal perspective: When I served in Korea, a few guys wore women's pantyhose during our winter field training exercises along with the cold-weather gear we were issued. The practice was understood and respected because fighting the cold was an obsession we all shared. I didn't wear pantyhose but I added my share of non-issue cold-weather items.
I would then call that item of clothing MANTYHOSE.
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