Product Description: This Pioneer EM Waffenrock Tunic is a gorgeous display object. The exterior of this fine tunic is made of a high quality, fairly heavy weight green wool that would have been appropriate for walking-out dress. The cuffs and collar are faced with fine bottle green wool badge cloth. The shoulder straps and collar tabs are piped black, for the Pionier branch, and are the correct style for this jacket model. The collar tabs are machine applied as is typical and show no oxidation to the aluminum wire. One of the tabs has some residue in one area which we have not attempted to remove. The shoulder straps have slip-on cyphers for Pionier-Bataillon 46. This style of slip-on was typically used for field tunics but we have left this as found. The shoulder board buttons have the numeral “2,” for 2. Kompanie. The chest of the tunic has a beautiful backed first pattern flat wire breast eagle as worn on enlisted and NCO Waffenrock tunics. This eagle is hand applied as is typical. The tunic has no award loops, but it does appear that an award was pinned through the wearer’s left lower chest area. The black branch piping on the tunic is all there. The exterior of this tunic is clean, with virtually all of the original surface nap to the wool, and looks to have only one moth hole on the front below the buttons. The twenty silver pebbled buttons all match and are maker marked. Inside, the lining looks lightly worn and does not have any tears, rips of discoloration. This is an Army issue type Waffenrock and it is well marked with the sizes, the depot stamp “M36” indicating acceptance at the München depot in 1936, and a unit stamp for 2. Kompanie, Pionier-Bataillon 10. There is also a regulation prewar type name tag for an “Uffz. Kiefl” with the unit designation matching the stamp. This Pioneer EM Waffenrock Tunic has a lot going for it. The condition rates as excellent plus plus.
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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