H051184 "INFANTERIE-REGIMENT LIST" OFFICER’S M36 SERVICE TUNIC. (Dienstrock für Offizier)

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. Originally personnel of the 19TH Infantry Regiment were awarded the tradition name "List", to commemorate the 16TH Royal Bavarian Reserve Regiment "List", in which Hitler served in WWI. This honor was transferred to the 199TH Infantry Regiment on September 21ST 1939 on the formation of the 57TH Infantry Division. On November 12TH 1943 the 199TH Infantry Regiment was authorized wear of a commemorative "List" cufftitle. Of Note: The 57TH Infantry Division was virtually destroyed in the summer of 1944, and was disbanded. The tradition name and cufftitle were returned to the 19TH Grenadier Regiment of the 7TH Infantry Division in August 1944. Both the 19TH and the 199TH Regiments consisted mainly of Bavarian recruits, and both fought with distinction. Also Of Note: As the "Infanterie-Regiment List" cufftitle was a regimental cufftitle, as opposed to a divisional cufftitle, it saw limited distribution and is one of the rarest unit identifying cufftitles.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, field-grey, wool/rayon blend construction tunic features a vertical, six button front closure with dual metal hooks and eyes positioned at the forward neckline. Collar tabs, shoulder boards, breast eagle, cufftitle buttons look to be original hand stitching the tunic. Dark blue/green badge cloth cufftitle with machine embroidered, simulated handwritten, "copper-plate" style script, "Infanterie-Regiment List", in light silver/grey threads. The cufftitle is bordered on both the top and bottom edges with silver/grey Russian braiding. Award loops three badges on the left chest pocket. Nice tailors label with original owners name. The tunic is roughly a size 32" chest. Super clean tunic. Nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $

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