Product Description: This is a gorgeous Heer M43 Tunic, unissued, and in pristine, near mint condition. It’s still complete with all of the original factory applied insignia, and even the factory paper tag! It has obviously never been worn and is in a state that is extremely close to factory new. This Heer M43 tunic is made of a typical, coarse, late-war wool, that is on the bluish end of the “field gray” spectrum, and is almost certainly Italian material that was captured and re-used by the Germans. Nearly all of the original heavy wool nap is still present. The 1940 pattern Bevo woven collar Litzen and breast eagle are the typical pattern that one would expect to see on this tunic model, and are factory machine sewn, having never been messed with. The eagle is straight machine sewn along the top, bottom and sides of the eagle’s wings, with the swastika being hand stitched in place with the same thread. The stitching for the breast eagle does not go through the tunic lining, leaving no doubt that this eagle was stitched before final assembly of the tunic. This Heer M43 tunic is complete with all of its original buttons, all of which appear to have the original factory stitching. The pebbled buttons on the front of the tunic retain all of the original paint, in a typical late war “Einheitsblau” paint shade. The tunic has four original wartime steel belt hooks, which are themselves a fairly scarce accessory to find. It is also complete with original “M44” pattern slip-on shoulder straps, made of field gray wool, and with typical white rayon piping indicating the Infantry branch. The inside of this handsome tunic is lined with a textbook golden artificial silk fabric, made of rayon. It’s well marked, with ink stampings denoting the tunic’s size as well as acceptance by the “WB” depot in 1944. The manufacturer is indicated by a stamp on the internal bandage pocket, which reads “R.B. Nr. 1/1001/0209.” The original factory paper tag is still stitched to the bandage pocket as well! This Heer M43 tunic was made to fit someone with a chest size of 92 cm, about 36 inches. It is extremely hard to find any wartime German Army enlisted issue wool tunic, in this condition. Never messed with, never even worn, this displays extremely well and could be the centerpiece of a wartime German Army combat collection.
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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