H039681 JÄGER EM'S M43 FIELD BLOUSE. (Feldbluse M43)

BACKGROUND: The M43 field blouse was basically a continuation of the modifications of the M33 field blouse which had evolved into the M36, the M40 and the M42 field blouses. Modifications to the M42 field blouse included the elimination of the separate internal belt support hook suspenders with them being replaced by short integral straps in April 1943, and the replacement of the scalloped button flaps on the front pockets to straight flaps to simplify production in mid-1943. These alterations resulted in the M43 field blouse, which was to be the final variant of the original M33 field blouse. 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: Field-grey, wool/rayon blend construction field blouse features a vertical, six button front closure with a single metal hook and eye positioned at the neckline. The field blouse has four, non-pleated, front pockets with straight edged button down flaps. The breast pocket are the basic patch type while the hip pockets are the saddlebag type with expanding side panels. Collar tabs, breast eagle, Jäger badge and rank chevron look to be all original period application and stitching. Buttons all look to be original stitching as well. Super nice pair of original Jäger slip on straps. EK2 ribbon to second button hole and two sets of original application award loops to the left upper pocket. Original belt support hooks are present. Nice size and Rbnr# markings. The field blouse is roughly size 38 to 40" chest. Super nice tunic and in great condition.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $1,798.00

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