Product Description: This is a great example of a scarce Heer Infantry Officer Raincoat. This pattern of coat, known as a “Gummimantel” (rubber overcoat), was a private purchase officer garment worn in place of the standard wool overcoat during wet weather. It is in the same double-breasted cut as the standard coat, but made of a rubberized field gray canvas. The buttons are the standard Wehrmacht pebbled buttons, in field gray for field use. This Heer Infantry Officer raincoat is in excellent condition and appears to be unissued. There is some minor staining on the wearer’s right sleeve. The shoulders are set up for slip-on shoulder boards, and this is complete with a set of matte field type boards for a Leutnant (Lieutenant) of the Infantry. It is fully lined, as is standard with officer overcoats. The interior has stampings in three areas which may have been control numbers for the fabric used to make the coat. All of the large and small buttons appear to have their original stitching. This Heer Infantry Officer raincoat displays very well and would be difficult to upgrade.
Historical Description: The Deutsche 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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