Product Description: This Kriegsmarine White Dress Tunic is a great example of a formal garment worn by a German Navy officer. It’s a private purchase, tailor made garment. The white material is likely a linen blend. There is no collar insignia, as is correct for this uniform type. The white-piped shoulder boards have shiny braid and are removable, a feature intended to allow the uniform to be laundered. This Kriegsmarine White Dress Tunic would have been worn with a removable, pin-on summer breast eagle, which is not present on this example. The front of the tunic is complete with all of its original “fouled anchor” Kriegsmarine buttons. The buttons retain most of the beautiful original golden finish, with some normal age patination. There is a chain fitting that would allow the tunic to be worn open in the front. There is no lining, as this was meant for warm weather wear. This Kriegsmarine White Dress Tunic remains in a very strong excellent condition, with typical, scattered yellowing to the white fabric, but no holes or damage. It’s a very displayable piece.
Historical Description: About 1.5 million men served in the German War Navy (Kriegsmarine) between 1939 and 1945. These men were equipped with a wide range of uniform garments for their often extremely challenging duties. There were standard service uniforms, dress uniforms, and a large variety of work clothing, from simple linen HBT garments worn by dock workers to leather jackets and trousers for duty on board seagoing vessels. Specialized coats and headgear were devised to keep sailors going in marine environments that were often cold and wet. There were tropical uniforms as well, for sailors serving in more southern latitudes. Many of these uniforms were adorned with insignia that indicated a sailor’s rank as well as his specialty or position. Officers typically procured their own uniforms, at their expense. Soldiers serving in Coastal Artillery units of the Kriegsmarine wore field gray uniforms, of wool or HBT, with distinctive Kriegsmarine insignia and buttons. Collectors today seek out and prize WWII German Kriegsmarine uniforms for their historic importance.
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