Condition: Near Mint
Product Description: This Heer Veterinarian Waffenrock Tunic is a spectacular uniform item, with rare and desirable carmine branch piping. It’s an extremely high quality, tailor made jacket for a Veterinary officer with the rank of Oberleutnant. This tunic is made from a deluxe, light gray green gabardine fabric, and is textbook in all aspects. The officer tipe wire bullion embroidered breat eagle is neatly hand sewn to the tunic. The carmine piped collar tabs are machine sewn, and the sewn-in carmine piped Oberleutnant shoulder straps, with gold rank pips and Veterinary snake emblems, are nice and tight. There is no indication that any of the insignia have ever been replaced or messed with in any way. This one is complete with all the bells and whistles found on Waffenrock parade tunics: bottle green cuffs with insignia, branch piping on the collar and front placket, silver buttons, and the “lobster tail” cut in the back. It is fully lined with artificial silk and has an internal belt. This Heer Veterinarian Waffenrock Tunic comes complete with the pictured aguilette and DRL sports badge. There are original loops for another badge, as well. The overall condition of this handsome piece is astounding, and rates near mint, with only extremely small and minor marks, and no mothing or serious damage of any kind. It is an attractive piece that could be the centerpiece of a display.
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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