Product Description: This M34 Infantry Enlisted Tunic is an incredible and apparently unissued example of a pre-war tunic that is extremely rare to find in this untouched, unaltered state. It’s made of top quality, pre-war field gray wool, with no damage except a very tiny track mark near the wearer’s front right adjustment hook holes which almost doesn’t need to be mentioned. The breast eagle is the early M34 pattern with white eagle on grey background, the first pattern used by the Wehrmacht. The eagle is expertly, and originally, applied to the tunic, having been machine sewn across the top, flipped down, then finished with machine stitching around the lower edges. The dark Feldgrau collar is without damage, and features white Litzen designating “Infantry,” on a badge cloth backing. The litzen are originally applied to the collar by means of machine stitching. The shoulder boards are pre war, but a later version than what would have originally have been seen with this early of a tunic; these are the 1938 pattern. The boards that would have been worn with this at the time it was made would be the pointed version. The boards are a private purchase style, with a felt backing; the shoulder board buttons have the numeral “9” indicating 9. Kompanie. The interior of the tunic is lined with a nice early prewar cotton twill, in the distinctive “skeletal” lining style in use prior to the introduction of the M36 tunic. It features the early waist drawstrings (a feature that was removed from tunic models after the M34), the pockets for the internal suspenders, and a bandage pocket. The tunic is nicely marked with the makers name “G. Assmann, Halle” and dated “1936”. It is also marked with the tunic’s sizes, with a breast size of “96.” This tunic will fit most mannequins to create a stunning display. This M34 Infantry Enlisted Tunic is an incredible piece, that displays extremely well. The condition rates as near mint.
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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