Product Description: This is an outstanding tailor-made four pocket Panzer officers tunic for a decorated Hauptmann (Captain) in Panzer-Regiment 7. This Regiment took part in the campaigns in Poland and France before being sent to North Africa in December 1942; it was destroyed there in May 1943 and never reformed. This Panzer officers tunic is made of a high quality, smooth, gray-green gabardine or Trikot material that was commonly used for Army officer tunics. The collar is made of a darker, finely woven wool, and there are five front buttons, indicating this is a model 1936 tunic. The buttons are painted field gray, as used on field uniforms. The breast eagle is a typical hand-embroidered bullion example, hand stitched to the tunic. The shoulder boards have subdued, “field” type braid and lovely light pink Panzer piping. The unit cyphers and rank pips on the boards retain nearly all of the original gilding. The collar tabs have nicely matching pink piping and subdued braid and are expertly hand sewn to the collar, with the skill expected of a fine tailor. This Panzer officers tunic has a ribbon bar for the Iron Cross 2nd Class, War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords and the Eastern Front Medal. The pocket has small pin marks where it appears that three badges were affixed at one time. This tunic is complete with a beautiful original aiguillette, which is complete and shows attractive toning to the braid and fittings, indicating these have a high silver content. The tunic does show some normal wear, with a very short tear on one sleeve that has been hand sewn closed, but no other damage. As one would expect, this Panzer officer tunic is fully lined with artificial silk. There is a dagger hanger with a functional spring clip. Overall, this is an extremely attractive and desirable German army officer tunic, from a Panzer unit with a lot of combat history. It displays wonderfully and could be a collection centerpiece.
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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