H001477 MEDICAL OFFICER’S M36 SERVICE TUNIC. (Dienstrock für Offizier)

BACKGROUND: The Officer’s service tunic followed the basic design of the EM/NCO’s field blouse with the most readily visible difference, besides the insignia, being the turned up French cuffs. 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 Kleiderkasse, (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. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a specific identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with dark blue being chosen for Medical personnel. On the field blouse and service tunic the waffenfarbe was generally displayed on the shoulder straps/boards and the collar tabs.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, field-grey, wool/rayon blend construction tunic features a vertical, five button front closure with dual metal hooks and eyes positioned at the forward neckline. Collar tabs, shoulder boards (rank of Oberst), breast eagle and buttons look to be original stitching. Award loops for a ribbon bar and two other awards. Nice tailors label. The tunic is roughly a size 34" chest. Shows the expected light age and use. Wonderful, untouched original tunic.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,995.00 (Or Best Offer)

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