H016579 INFANTRY OFFICER’S M35 GREATCOAT. (Mantel)

BACKGROUND: The Greatcoat was an essential uniform item worn by all ranks, with minor variations, and followed the basic design of the Imperial German army’s greatcoat. During WWII the German army utilized at least thirteen different styles of greatcoats with numerous variations and intended purposes. The standard issue greatcoat produced during the Weimar Reichsheer era utilized a field-grey collar that was altered to a blue/green badge cloth collar circa 1935. During the war the standard issue greatcoat underwent a few minor modifications. The early production greatcoats came with button holes on both the left and right front closure panels which allowed the coat to be button up either left or right handedly but regulations of December 1ST 1939 abolished all but one of the button holes on the right side of the closure panel. Early production greatcoats also came with small metal hooks positioned at both sides of the bottom front closure panels, and additional small metal hooks positioned at both sides of the reverse tail skirt vent with corresponding thread loops situated at the side seams just below the waistline. The metal hooks and thread loops allowed the wearer to hook the tail skirt up out of the way when mounted or on the march. Regulations of 1940 abolished these metal hooks and thread loops and also reverted the collar back to a field-grey fabric. Of Note: Both of the above regulations were not strictly adhered to. 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Private purchase, M35 pattern, greatcoat. Field-grey wool blend construction, double breasted style, full length, greatcoat with a dark green cloth lay down collar. The greatcoat features dual, vertical, parallel, rows of six front closure buttons with corresponding button holes on the left front panel, and a single button hole on the right front panel. The greatcoat also has a single metal hook and eye at the neckline. Buttons look to be mostly original stitching, with the exception of the should board buttons that may be re-stitched. Very nice pair of Infantry Oberst’s shoulder boards. Roughly a size 38" chest. Shows the expected period use and wear but overall nice condition.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $750.00

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