H048276 EM'S HBT COMBAT FIELD BLOUSE. (Feldbluse) 

BACKGROUND: HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), uniforms were originally introduced on April 1ST 1933 to be utilized as a drill uniform and save wear and tear on the service uniform and field blouse. Regulations prescribed that the drill uniform was the basic uniform to worn by all new recruits for most daily functions. Originally the drill uniforms were constructed in natural, unbleached cotton with an HBT weave that proved especially durable but impractical due to easy soiling. On February 12TH 1940 the color of the drill uniforms was altered to a more practical reed green coloration. When utilized as a drill tunic the garments were issued with no insignia with only EM/NCO sleeve rank and collar trim insignia applied to donate the wearers rank. The drill uniforms were utilized for the duration of the war with minor modifications and in early 1942 a modified drill tunic was introduced for wear as a summer combat field blouse, and followed the basic modifications of the standard issue field blouse through-out the war.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Mid-war, (circa 1942), reed green, cotton/rayon blend construction field blouse with an HBT weave, 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 scalloped edged button down flaps. The breast pockets are the basic patch type while the hip pockets are the saddlebag type with expanding side panels. The side panels of the field blouse each have three, vertically aligned, stitched eyelets at the waistline for the belt support hooks. The straight cut sleeve cuffs have a small vertical slash to the outside seams with dual fit adjustment buttons to each. The fabric shoulder strap retaining loops buttons are missing. The field blouse has a lay down collar with the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. Iím getting a little bit of light UV feedback on the stitching in the collar area due to a cleaning solution being used at some point. The interior of the field blouse is partially lined in light grey rayon to the side panels and around the armpits. The interior side panels each have a vertical, field-grey, canvas web strap with seven stitched eyelets to each for the belt support hooks. The forward right tail skirt has a grey rayon field dressing pocket with a single button closure. All three collar liner buttons are intact. The front closure and exterior pocket buttons are all the removable, field-grey painted, pebbled alloy type secured by circular "S" rings. M39 breast eagle is present but has been restored to the tunic. The field blouse is size 110cm or 42" chest. Shows the expected age and use.

GRADE *** 3/4                                                 PRICE $875.00

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