Product Description: This is a nice, high quality, named German Army Signal Officers Tunic. This is the M36 pattern that was worn throughout the war by German Army officers. It’s tailor made of a tricot wool with a diagonal ribbed weave. The field gray painted buttons suggest that this was intended for field and service use. There is a textbook original hand embroidered German Army officer eagle neatly hand sewn to the breast. There is some mothing around the edges of the eagle. The shoulder boards are beautiful, high quality prewar manufacture, piped yellow for Nachrichten (Signals). They each have one rank pip, indicating a rank of Oberleutnant. The braid on the shoulder boards has a real silver content, which has toned handsomely with time. The stitching on the shoulder boards is tight and invisible, typical original tailor work. The collar tabs are very neatly machine sewn to the collar using the same thread that was used in the collar’s construction, leaving no doubt that this is an original application. This signal officers tunic features original sewn award loops for one badge and for a ribbon bar. A buttonhole ribbon for the Iron Cross 2nd Class is also present. The tunic is mostly clean, with signs of wear and use, and a small area of mothing on the right sleeve with some scattered small holes, the largest around pencil eraser size. The inside of this signal officers tunic features the expected full lining, in a nice artificial silk. There is an internal belt as well as a dagger slit inside the left pocket and lining. Inside the pocket there is a name tag with the name “Heinz Schulz” and the date “14. VI. 1939” (June 14, 1939). It may be possible to research this officer. The inside matches the outside perfectly, with some signs of wear. This is a great officer service tunic, in fine prewar quality, for an Army officer who served in the war and was decorated. It displays great.
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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