Panzer Officer Service Tunic – Hauptmann

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW6612 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description:  This Panzer Officer Service Tunic is really a very nice piece. It’s a typical, tailor made, private purchase piece, made of gabardine fabric in an appealing light gray/green shade. The collar tabs and shoulder boards are piped with pink piping, indicating the Panzer branch. The collar tabs are hand embroidered and are neatly machine sewn to the collar. Each shoulder board has two gold rank pips indicating the rank of Hauptmann (Captain). The shoulder boards are neatly sewn in to the sleeve seam, and each shows traces of having had unit cyphers applied in the past, possibly removed if the wearer transferred or just to conform to wartime security regulations. The breast eagle is a beautiful example, very detailed, hand embroidered in two types of bullion wire. The eagle is neatly hand sewn as one would expect. The chest features three sets of badge loops as well as a ribbon bar. The ribbon bar is pinned directly to the tunic and has ribbons for the Iron Cross 2nd Class, Ostmedaille, Westwall medal and a Heer long service award. There is also an Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon in the buttonhole. All of the buttons are present, and are painted feldgrau, indicating a field tunic. The fabric on the exterior does have moth nips on the front and arms, and some on the back. Beyond that, there are no rips, tears, holes or soiling to the exterior. Inside, this tunic is fully lined, as is typical. There is a slit for a dagger hanger. There is no tailor or name label in this tunic which is not unusual. The lining is mostly clean, with one quarter-sized hole noted. Measurements: Collar base to back bottom 27 inches, along back armpit to armpit 20 inches, shoulder to bottom of sleeve 26 inches. This Panzer Officer Service Tunic is a beautiful display object. The condition rates as excellent.



Historical Description: The 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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