BACKGROUND: The development of the M36 field blouse can be traced back to April 1933 with the introduction of the first pattern field blouses which were a departure from the cut and style of tunics utilized in World War I. From its introduction until 1936 the field blouse underwent a couple of small modifications designed to enhance its performance, appearance and longevity. Modifications to the 1933 pattern field blouse began in December 1934 when the original field-grey basic cloth collar was altered to a field-grey badge cloth for a better appearance. In September 1935 the collar was altered again from the field-grey badge cloth to dark blue/green badge cloth. The final pre-war modification to the field blouse occurred in December 1936 with the addition of a partial lining to the interior breast and upper back panels to increase its wear-out time. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kliederkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments 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: Field-grey wool/rayon blend construction field blouse features a vertical, five button front closure with a single metal hook and eye positioned at the neckline. The field blouse has four, pleated patch, front pockets with scalloped button down flaps. The field blouse has four sets of three, vertically aligned, stitched eyelets with one set situated at either side of the front closure panels and the other two to the reverse side panels. The eyelets were designed for the belt support hooks. The back panel has two vertical tapering darts and a short, central vertical tail skirt vent. The straight cut sleeve cuffs each have a vertical slash to the outside seam with dual fit adjustment buttons. The field blouse has a blue/green badge cloth, lay down collar with the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. All original stitching to the collar tabs, breast eagle and Afrikakorps Ärmelstreiffen. Buttons look to be all original stitching and application. Awards loops for one breast badge and one ribbon bar. First pattern, slip on, pointed shoulder straps with no waffenfarbe. (Shoulder straps pre-date the cufftitle, so it should really have the later pattern straps added to be technically correct.) Blue/green badge cloth straps bordered on all sides in bright waffle patterned silver/aluminum tress. Each strap has two stamped aluminum rank pips. Very nice size and issue markings. Couple of minor moth holes. The field blouse is roughly size 34" chest. Superb tunic!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $2,025.00

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