BACKGROUND: The first Third Reich era, (Circa 1933-1945), shirt was introduced with the newly developed field blouse on April 1ST 1933. Originally the army issue shirt was a white, collar-less, pattern which was worn as an undergarment with a separate, button on, collar. In 1941 a second pattern, shirt with an integral collar was produced in a reed green fabric and could be worn without the field blouse in warmer climates. The second pattern shirts were original produced without breast pocket but regulations of 1942 introduced breast pockets with button down flaps. On June 23RD 1943 a third and final pattern shirt in a grey/green fabric with an integral collar was introduced for wear. Originally these third pattern shirts were a pull-over design as with the earlier two patterns but later models were produced with a full, button up, front plaquet. The shirts were most commonly worn without insignia although shirts with breast eagles, sleeve rank and shoulder straps/boards are not uncommon. Officers and certain Senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniform items 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 uniform items 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 uniform items although the price may have been restrictive.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Machine woven, olive drab cotton construction, long sleeve shirt features an integral, pointed tipped, lay down collar and a vertical, four button front plaquet which runs from the neckline to the mid-chest area. The shirt has two breast patch pockets with boxed pleats and scalloped edged button down flaps. The sleeve cuffs have dual vertical tapering darts and an inside vertical sleeve slash with dual fit adjustment buttons. The shirt has a long tail skirt with a vertical slash at each side seam. The front plaquet, pocket and cuff buttons are the metal type and all appear to have their original stitching. Shoulder strap/board retaining loops present (no buttons). The shirt is roughly size 40" chest. Nice Rbnr# marking. Shows the expected period use and wear but overall nice condition.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $450.00

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