Product Description: This Luftwaffe Field Division Tunic is an extremely rare original. It’s a tailor made, open collar officer service tunic, with two breast pockets and two internal hip pockets. It’s made of a fine gabardine wool fabric, with a diagonal weave. The officer piping on the collar, breast eagle, and collar tabs are all made with aluminum bullion wire, which has some oxidation. The breast eagle is neatly hand applied, as one would expect to see. The collar tabs are also neatly hand applied, with tiny hidden sitiches. The Waffenfarbe (branch color) is green, indicating a Field Division unit, a rare and extremely desirable Luftwaffe branch. The sewn in officer rank shoulder boards are typical Luftwaffe style, with bright braid. One of the boards has a rank pip (with some oxidation), indicating a rank of Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant). The pip on the other board is absent. There are loops on the pocket for one badge, and there were originally two loops for a ribbon bar, of which one remains intact. The interior of this private purchase Luftwaffe Field Division tunic features a full rayon lining, with some slight discoloration from honest wear. This tunic shows some wear and age throughout, with scattered, small moth nips to the collar and sleeves. It’s a very desirable tunic from an extremely sought-after branch of the Luftwaffe, and remains in very good condition.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe, the air force of the German military during the Third Reich, was established in 1935. Over the next 10 years, Luftwaffe troops wore a huge variety of uniforms. Enlisted men generally wore uniforms issued from military depots. Most enlisted soldiers had wool trousers and a short jacket with two internal lower pockets, called a Fliegerbluse, as well as a dressier 4-pocket tunic, the Tuchrock. 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 tuxedo-style “gala” formal wear uniform of the pre-war period, to the plain coveralls worn by crews of anti-aircraft cannons. There were work uniforms, tropical and summer uniforms, and camouflage clothing for airborne troops and other Luftwaffe soldiers in ground combat. Flight crews had their own specialized gear, including leather jackets and warm, electrically heated suits. Most but not all Luftwaffe uniform jackets bore the Luftwaffe emblem of a flying eagle holding a swastika.
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