Product Description: This is an extremely clean example of a tailor-made Luftwaffe Officers Summer Weight Tunic. It is constructed from a very finely ribbed lightweight gabardine fabric, in a typical blue shade common on Luftwaffe uniforms. The collar is piped in silver and has hand embroidered bullion collar tabs for the rank of Leutnant. The yellow base fabric indicates the owner served in the Flight or Paratrooper branch. The collar tabs are neatly machine stitched to the collar using the same thread used to construct the collar itself, leaving zero doubt these are original to the tunic. The slip-on shoulder boards are also for the rank of Leutnant and are piped in yellow to match the collar tabs. The Luftwaffe Officers Summer Weight Tunic features a removable first pattern Luftwaffe breast eagle, affixed to the chest by means of a pin passing through tailor-stitched thread loops. The original silver finish of the eagle shows age toning, but little wear. The buttons are also removable, affixed with split rings; only the crew-post style shoulder board buttons are stitched. There are thread loops for one award on the wearer’s left pocket. The interior is mostly unlined, as one would expect on a lightweight summer uniform. There is a hanger for a sword or dagger. The condition, inside and out, is pristine. No condition issued were noted. This Luftwaffe Officers Summer Weight Tunic displays great and is a wonderful example of a uniform style that is rarely encountered.
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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