Product Description: This Artillery NCO Waffenrock Tunic is a stunning display object. This is a very high quality, private purchase, tailor made tunic for a high-ranking NCO. The exterior of this fine tunic is constructed from a lovely field gray wool gabardine fabric. The insignia and the tunic itself are piped with eye-catching red piping indicating the Artillerie branch. The collar tabs are the correct Waffenrock style and are machine stitched to the collar. The sewn-in shoulder straps have two aluminum rank pips indicating the rank of Oberwachtmeister. There is a hole on each board between the pips, most likely for a unit cypher that could have been removed during wartime. The breast eagle is really nice, hand embroidered in bullion wire, and is hand stitched to the tunic as is typical. All of the insignia appears to be original to the tunic. The chest of this Waffenrock has stitched loops for two badges as well as loops for a ribbon bar which is included, with ribbons for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, Ostmedaille and Hindenburg Cross. The twenty silver pebbled buttons are all matching and are maker marked. The exterior of this tunic is extremely clean with only two small moth nips on the wearer’s right upper back sleeve. In side, this Artillery NCO Waffenrock Tunic has a deluxe silk type lining. The lining looks lightly worn, and does not have any tears, with only slight discoloration from wear. The rear part of the lining has a patch that might be a repair or a tailor adjustment. It is undoubtedly original and does not detract. This Waffenrock is a great example, with outstanding eye appeal. The condition rates as excellent plus.
Historical Description: The Heer, the army of the German military during the Third Reich, was established in 1935. Over the next 10 years, German Army troops wore a huge variety of uniforms. Enlisted men generally wore uniforms issued from military depots. Most enlisted soldiers wore wool trousers and a tunic with four external pockets, known as a Feldbluse (field blouse). Before the war, soldiers also were issued a walking-out tunic, with flashy insignia, called the Waffenrock. Officers wore the same general uniform styles, but as officers had to supply their own uniforms, they usually wore tailor made versions. There were also myriad varieties of specialized uniforms worn by certain units or in specific situations, from the stylish black wool “wraps” worn by crews of armored fighting vehicles, to the drab HBT work uniforms. There were tropical and summer uniforms, and camouflage smocks for combat troops. For troops operating in winter climates, there were long wool overcoats, fur clothing articles, and padded jacket and trousers sets. In 1944, a new uniform was introduced, featuring a short jacket with only two external pockets. Most but not all German Army uniform jackets bore the Heer emblem of an eagle holding a swastika.
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