H037581 LONG SLEEVE SHIRT. (Hemd)

BACKGROUND: The first Third Reich era 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: Issued white cotton/rayon construction, pull-over shirt features a vertical, three button, front plaquet running from the forward neckline to mid-waist. The shirt has a long tail skirt with a dual-ply hem and an inverted "V" slash to each side seam. Shirt has been washed in normal laundry detergent at some point since 1945, so there is faint phosphate glow under UV which is normal. Chest size 42. Original buttons and stitching. Superb owners name tag & unit info.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $149.00

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