BACKGROUND: The development of camouflage clothing and equipment had began in the German army in WWI, and continued through the Weimar Reichswehr era. The geometric splinter pattern was developed in the early 1930's and was first adopted for use with the M31 quarter shelter/poncho in late 1931. Further developments modified the original splinter pattern by softly blurring the distinct geometric pattern and slightly altering the coloration. This modified camouflage pattern was designated the Tan/water camouflage pattern and was once again altered by an even stronger blurring of the distinct geometric pattern during the war. After the winter of 1941 on the Russian front the high command saw the need for heavier winter clothing and testing began in the spring of 1942 to develop suitable garments. In April 1942 Hitler approved the chosen design, and the first models were issued in the autumn of that year, in the reversible blue/grey/white colourations, which was modified to camouflage pattern/white combinations in 1943. Included with these new garments were heavy, padded, reversible winter suits which consisted of a parka, pants, hoods and mittens.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Reversible, three quarter length, cotton/rayon blend construction, double breasted style parka with machine rolled splinter pattern camouflage in shades of green, tan and brown to the exterior. Nice rank insignia to the left sleeve. The parka features a large, overlapping, vertical, six button front closure with a smaller, overlapping, exterior, wind flap. The parka has two, slightly, diagonally angled, slash hip pockets with straight edged, button down flaps, positioned at either side of the front closure, at the waistline. The straight cut, dual-ply, sleeve cuffs each have a machine stitched, horizontal, tunnel loop with an inserted, horizontally extend, white and grey/green fabric, fit adjustment draw strap with a single button eyelet and dual corresponding fit adjustment buttons to each cuff. The sleeves each have a large, dual-ply, rectangular reinforcement panel to each elbow and buttons to both the inner and outer, upper sleeve seams, which were designed for wear of the identification armbands by front line troops. The parka has a single-ply, unpadded, integral hood, which is large enough to accommodate a helmet. The forward edge of the hood has four, small, evenly spaced, tapering darts and a machine stitched, tunnel loop with an inserted fit adjustment drawstring intact. The interior of the parka is fully lined, excluding the hood, but including the sleeves, in white with an ersatz, internal, heat retaining, padding through-out. The interior of the parka has a machine stitched, horizontal, tunnel loop positioned at the waistline, with a small, vertical, slash positioned at either side of the front closure, with dual, inserted, horizontally extend, white and grey/green fabric, fit adjustment draw straps to each. The interior, bottom edge of the tail skirt also has a machine stitched, horizontal, tunnel loop, with an inserted fit adjustment drawstring intact. Comes with a well worn set of trousers. Both the jacket and trousers have numerous sewing repair which are typical for field worn items. Jacket is a roughly a 40" chest. Trousers are a 36" waist. Nice worn and used set.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $1,785.00

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