BACKGROUND: The first HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), garments introduced for use by Luftwaffe EM/NCO personnel were the blue/grey drill and black work uniforms introduced in April 1936 and July 1937 respectively in order to conserve wear and tear on the wool and wool blend uniforms. Although the drill and work uniforms were designed for different functions both garments were almost identical in cut and construction. The HBT garments were favored by the troops and began to be worn in the field as a summer uniform. Generally the HBT garments utilized as the summer combat blouse followed the basic modifications of the standard issue wool garments. Regulations of September 27TH 1943 abolished the blue/grey and black HBT uniforms replacing them with a reed green HBT uniform as utilized by army personnel. The alteration to the reed green HBT uniforms was a time and cost saving measure eliminating the need for different colored uniforms for Luftwaffe and Army personnel. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the Luftwaffe’s Verkaufsabteilung, (Air-Force Sales Department), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase uniform items of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Reed green, cotton/rayon blend construction field blouse with an HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), weave features a vertical, six button, front closure with a single metal hook and eye positioned at the forward neckline and a lay down collar. The field blouse has four, non-pleated, front pockets with straight edged, button down flaps. The breast pockets are the standard patch type while the hip pockets are the saddle bag type with expanding side panels. The right breast has a second pattern, (circa 1936/1937-1945), machine embroidered, Luftwaffe breast eagle in silvery/grey rayon threads on a cut-out, reed green cotton/rayon base. The eagle is machine stitched to the field blouse in the typical zig-zag fashion. The side panels of the field blouse each have three, vertically aligned, stitched eyelets to either side at the waistline for the belt support hooks. The reverse of the field blouse has dual, vertical tapering darts and a central, vertical, tail skirt vent. The straight cut sleeve have dual-ply, hemmed, cuffs and a small, vertical, slash to the outside seams with dual fit adjustment buttons to each. The field blouse comes with a nice matched pair of slip on, yellow piped, Feldwebel’s shoulder straps. The lay down collar has the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. The field blouse has no collar tabs as per regulations. The interior of the field blouse is partially lined in grey rayon at the shoulder seams, around the arm openings and down the side panels. The lining has a vertical, grey, rayon strap with four, stitched, eyelets to each side panel at the waistline for the belt support hooks. The forward right tail skirt has a field dressing pocket with a single button closure. Very nice Rbnr#, LBA and size markings. The front closure and exterior pocket buttons are all the removable Luftwaffe blue/grey painted, pebbled alloy type and are secured to the field blouse by opened "S" rings. The shoulder strap buttons are also the removable Luftwaffe blue/grey painted, pebbled alloy type and are stitched to the field blouse. The pebbled alloy buttons all retain over 95% of their original blue/grey paint. The cuff, field dressing pocket and collar liner buttons are all the magnetic sheet metal, dish type and appear to have their original stitching. The field blouse is roughly size 98cm chest. Beautiful example.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $2,035.00

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