Germany knew at the beginning that the uniform of “The Future” - would reflect the terrain that an Army was forced to fight on. As early as the late 1890s (other than it's Dress Uniform) – The Imperial German Army had begun to use Dark and Light Grays (and Black) – as it's basic Service uniform color. The average German infantrymen, had a basic Tunic and trousers (made of Wool), augmented by leather boots (and booties as well). Leather Load Bearing Equipment was also used to carry basic gear (just like The Allies). German soldiers wore a type of “Soft Cap” (many which were brimless) – although the traditional Service Cap was used (for certain Units).