Product Description: This NCO Panzer Waffenrock is an impressive and extremely appealing example. It’s a private purchase jacket, made of a fine Trikot wool fabric, in a typical “Feldgrau” (field gray) shade. The bright pink piping, indicating Panzer branch, retains its original color. The breast eagle is hand embroidered in bullion wire, and is very neatly hand applied, with no sign of any other eagle ever having been there. The collar Litzen and cuff bars have beautiful toning to the desirable, early real silver wire. The rank Litzen is also early and perfectly machine applied. The sewn-in shoulder boards are fantastic, with a “P” cypher on each indicating a Panzerjäger (anti-tank) unit. The shoulder boards are surrounded with machine-sewn, early Army pattern rank Tresse, and each has one rank pip, indicating an NCO rank of Feldwebel. The shoulder board buttons are numbered “3” for 3. Kompanie. Inside, this NCO Panzer Waffenrock is fully lined with a nice artificial silk (rayon) fabric. The sleeves have a typical striped lining. There is an internal belt with metal clip as well. This handsome Waffenrock shows light wear, with a few scattered marks and tiny moth nips, and very slight soiling to the liner from wear. It remains in excellent condition.
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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