Condition: Near Mint
Pattern: M36 NCO
Product Description: This M36 Heer NCO Tunic is a pristine example, in near mint condition. It’s made of a typical, early, field gray wool material, with a bottle green badge cloth collar. All of the insignia including the NCO rank Tresse are very neatly and expertly hand sewn to the tunic. The breast eagle is a 1937 pattern, with a white German Army eagle on a dark green background. The collar Litzen are the first pattern generic type from 1938, applied directly to the collar. The NCO Tresse is the early, bright aluminum type. This tunic appears to have been worn only very lightly if at all. The wool still retains nearly all of the original nap, and the early pebbled aluminum buttons retain most of the original field gray painted finish. There are loops and buttons for slip-on shoulder boards. The breast pocket on the wearer’s left side has loops for three badges, and there is a ribbon for the Iron Cross 2nd Class correctly and neatly installed on the second buttonhole from the top on the front placket. Inside, this M36 Heer NCO tunic is lined with a textbook taupe-colored twill fabric. It’s nicely marked, with size stamps as well as a depot stamp indicating acceptance at the Stettin uniform depot in 1940. The bandage pocket has a maker stamp. There is one tiny spot on the outside near the belt hook holes that appears to be insect damage. This extremely small damage would be covered by a belt if this tunic was displayed. Overall, this tunic is extremely clean and in outstanding condition. It makes for an extremely impressive display object and could be a centerpiece for a German Army collection.
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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