H032381 PANZER "Lehr" HAUPTMANN'S M36 SERVICE TUNIC. (Dienstrock)

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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, field-grey, wool/rayon blend construction tunic features a vertical, six button front closure with metal hook and eye positioned at the forward neckline. Nice "L" cyphers and double rank pips to the shoulder boards. Two different pips indicating a period rank upgrade from Oberleutnant to Hauptmann. The gilt coloration indicates the cyphers were intended for Senior Officer ranks and the "L" indicates, Lehr, (Training/Demonstration). Of Note: The German army had numerous "Lehr" units the most famous of which was the 130TH Panzer Lehr Division. Panzer officer collar tabs, shoulder boards and officer’s breast eagle all look to be original period stitching. Buttons look to be mostly original stitching. EK2 ribbon to second button hole. Nice six place ribbon bar is included. Award loops for three breast badges and also one for a German Cross on the right pocket. The tunic is roughly a size 34-36" chest. Shows the expected light age and use. Nice tunic showing the expected light period wear and use.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $1,750.00

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