H031881 PANZER TROOPER'S TROUSERS. (Feldhose für Panzertruppe)
BACKGROUND: The German army utilized a wide variety of long trousers and breeches including the M35 dress pants, the standard straight legged long pants, assorted breeches, drill and field pants, tapered "keilhose" pants and assorted specialized pants designed for specific branch of service personnel such as the Mountain troopers pants and the Panzer and Assault Gunner’s pants. The black Panzer Wrap tunic and pants were originally introduced by the army on November 12TH 1934, for wear by armored vehicle personnel and were worn through-out the war with minor modifications. Allegedly the Chief of the motorized troops, Oberst Heinz Guderian came up with the coloration and design of the form fitting uniform which he based on a popular ski outfit of the time. Black was chosen as the color as it help conceal the grease and grime commonly encountered by motorized personnel. 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: Nice quality, heavy, black, wool/rayon blend construction pants feature a vertical, four button, French fly, with an additional two buttons positioned on the interior waistband. The waistband has a built in, tunnel looped, belt with a corresponding magnetic sheet metal, open rectangular, triple claw, belt buckle attached to the left side of the fly. Trousers are all complete, all original stitching and buttons. The trousers are roughly size 30" to 32" waist. Superb size markings with a 1944 Depot date. Near mint and super hard to find textbook issue examples. Nice!
GRADE ****3/4 PRICE $2,665.00
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