Heer Infantry Officer Waffenrock

Condition: Excellent

SKU: E0042 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Heer Infantry Officer Waffenrock is a stunning and well-preserved display object. It’s a high quality, private purchase tunic, and is in untouched condition, with period sewn insignia. The exterior of the tunic is made of a fine prewar quality wool fabric with an appealing light field gray color. The piping on the tunic and insignia is white, indicating the Infanterie branch. The collar tabs and cuff bars show beautiful hand embroidery with no oxidation or toning, and are neatly machine applied. The shoulder boards are the correct bright style and are sewn in as one would expect. Each board has one brass alloy rank pip, indicating a rank of Oberleutnant. The chest is adorned with an attractive hand embroidered breast eagle which has been neatly hand applied to the tunic with the skill of a tailor. The left chest shows some small holes where medals and a ribbon bar were once directly pinned on. Inside, this Heer Infantry Officer Waffenrock is completely lined with artificial silk. There is a hanger for a dagger or sword, with a functional clip. This tunic shows minimal if any wear. There are some scattered small moth nips, but no major damages or defects. This Waffenrock is a great example, with outstanding visual appeal. The condition is excellent.




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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