Product Description: This Luftwaffe tropical tunic is a really nice, textbook original. It’s made of a fairly substantial tan cotton fabric, with a twill weave. The condition of this tunic is excellent, with a light, even age patina throughout. The breast eagle is a typical tropical style, with a Luftwaffe flying eagle and swastika machine embroidered in silver thread on a tan twill background. This breast eagle has been factory zig-zag machine sewn to the tunic. There are no collar tabs, as is correct for this tunic style. The tropical shoulder straps are a slip-on style, made from light fabric. The shoulder strap piping is copper brown, indicating issue to a Nachrichten (Signals) unit. The pebbled buttons have tropical tan paint. On one sleeve, there are stitching traces from where a cuff title was affixed in the past. The inside of this Luftwaffe tropical tunic is nicely marked with size stamps and a manufacturer stamp from “Szillat & Co, Berlin.” It’s got a correct partial lining, with textbook belt hook support straps and bandage pouch. This desirable tunic displays extremely well.
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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