H030582 FELDGENDARMIE OBERFELDWEBEL'S RUBBERIZED RAINCOAT. (Regenmantel/Wetter mantel für Offizier und Unteroffizier )

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. 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. As a result of their obligation to furnish their own uniform items, Officers and Senior NCO’s were permitted to buy optional clothing items that were prohibited for other ranks. One of the optional uniform items permitted for private purchase by Officers and Senior NCO’s was a rubberized raincoat, officially designated Wetter mantel, (Weather Coat), as introduced on August 10TH 1937, that was to conform to the style and cut of the standard issue greatcoats, although numerous subtle and not so subtle variations were utilized. As a general, although unofficial rule, Officer’s ranks were usually given more leeway in the pattern and cut of optional clothing items while the Senior NCO’s had to have their private purchase garments inspected and approved before wear. Regulations dictated the only insignia to be worn on the rubberized raincoats were to be the slip on, shoulder boards or straps depending on the particular rank.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Issued type, rubberized, field-grey fabric construction full length, raincoat with fold back lapels and a large, lay down collar. Buttons look to be all original stitching. Coat has a few stitched sewing repairs to fix tears. Roughly 40" chest. Comes with a superb pair of Feldgendarmerie slip on NCO straps.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $1,100.00

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