Panzer Signals Wrapper

Condition: Near Mint

Pattern: Third Pattern

Base Material: Wool/Rayon


SKU: WM0389 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Panzer Signals Wrapper is an incredible, untouched, mint condition example that could be the centerpiece of a collection of wartime German Army uniforms. It’s a completely textbook, late war issue wrapper, made of a typical wartime black wool. The wool retains all of the original nap, and shows no sign of wear. This gorgeous wrapper is complete with all of its original, factory applied insignia. The breast eagle is a 1939 pattern, Bevo (machine woven) construction, with a gray eagle on a black rayon backing. It’s neatly machine sewn to the wrap. The collar tabs are made of lemon-yellow “Russia braid” branch soutache that has been applied directly to the collar with no backing, a typical late war style. The Panzer collar skulls retain all of their original finish. The slip-on black wool shoulder straps are piped in lemon yellow, indicating Panzer-Nachrichten (armored signals) personnel. The shoulder straps have late war subdued rayon rank Tresse, indicating the rank of Unterfeldwebel. The inside of this incredible Panzer signals wrapper is totally pristine and textbook in every aspect, from the black artificial silk (rayon) lining to the coarse reinforcement fabric visible in the shoulder areas. The belt hook support straps are made from recycled internal suspenders. It’s well marked, with an RB number manufacturer code and size stamps all stamped in white ink. The depot stamp indicates this was accepted at the Erfurt depot in 1944. This is a very impressive and extremely rare piece that is almost unobtainable in this condition.



Historical Description: The first German tank, called a “Panzer” (for “armor”), appeared in 1918. In the interwar years, German military strategists discussed how this new weapon should be employed on future battlefields. The first Panzer Divisions were formed in 1935. The German approach to tanks was generally different from the concepts of other militaries. In the Wehrmacht, Panzers would lead operations. They would be able to conduct operations independently from other units. This innovative approach was a crucial part of the German “Blitzkrieg” strategy, that yielded great German victories in the early years of World War II. The Wehrmacht attempted to achieve further successes with Panzers by constantly introducing new and better tanks with greater destructive capabilities, or other armored fighting vehicles suited for more specialized roles. Eventually, the German Army would field nearly 50 Panzer Divisions; the Waffen-SS had an additional 7 Panzer divisions, and even the Luftwaffe had a Panzer division of their own. These were elite units, often engaged in constant combat on all fronts. Panzer crews wore distinctive black uniforms with deaths-head collar patches, and matching black field caps. Many Panzer commanders in the Heer and SS were highly successful in combat, and some even became well-known personalities in wartime Germany. Surviving material related to Panzer troops is extremely sought-after and collectible today.


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