During the war it became more common for troops in non-cavalry units to ride the riding horses with single rein and a simple snaffle bit instead of the two rein S-bit/snaffle combination.
Both riders are dressed in the Model 42 Feldbluse, leather reinforced riding breeches and high riding boots. Conform to the regulations for mounted troops the gasmask had to be worn in a nearly vertical position under the right arm, the carabine slung over the right shoulder to facilitate mounting and the bayonet positioned on the right under the bread bag to avoid contact with the carabine butt.
This "Hunfnagel-Erlass"was written by General Oberst von Seeckt in 1925 as an indictment against a newly introduced nailmodel. It demonstrates the importance of the nail.