BACKGROUND: The M42 field blouse was basically a continuation of the modifications of the M33 field blouse which had evolved into the M36 and then the M40 field blouses. Modifications to the M40 field blouse included increasing the front closure buttons from five to six in May 1941 due to degrading quality of the fabric used and the elimination of the pleats on the front pockets to simplify production in late 1942. These alterations resulted in the M42 field blouse. Of Note: The modifications were not always strictly adhered to. The German army originally adopted a slightly modified version of the NSDAP’s, National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), national eagle by order on February 17TH 1934, with instructions to have it applied to all steel helmets, visor caps, and tunics by May 1ST 1934. Generally officer’s ranks utilized hand or machine embroidered breast eagles while EM/NCO’s ranks utilized machine embroidered or machine woven breast eagles. The different branches of service within the army were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), that was generally displayed on the shoulder straps/boards and the collar tabs. 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: Nice M42 with period reworked/conversion to the M36 style with the badge green cloth collar. 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, pleated patch, front pockets with scalloped button down flaps. The right breast has an NCO/Officer’s quality, machine woven national eagle in bright silver/aluminum flat-wire threads on a cut-out woven dark green rayon base. The eagle is neatly handstitched to the breast. The left breast has original loops for two badges. The field blouse has four sets of three, vertically aligned, stitched eyelets with one set situated at either side of the front closure panels and the other two to the reverse side panels. The eyelets were designed for the belt support hooks. The back panel has two vertical tapering darts and a short, central vertical tail skirt vent. The straight cut sleeve cuffs each have a vertical slash to the outside seam with dual fit adjustment buttons. The field blouse has the early, (circa November 1938-May 1940), second pattern, blue/green badge cloth construction slip on shoulder straps with bright silver/aluminum, diamond patterned, NCO’s tress to all the outside edges, two, stamped alloy rank pips and pink wool waffenfarbe piping. The field blouse has a blue/green badge cloth, lay down collar with the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. The collar features bright silver/aluminum, diamond patterned NCO’s tress trim to the forward outside edges and the September 1935 pattern, machine woven collar tabs with field-grey litzen, an interwoven white center stripe and pink branch of service stripes mounted on blue/green badge cloth bases. The NCO’s tress and the collar tabs are machine stitched in place. The interior of the field blouse is lined in ribbed grey rayon. Superb size, maker and Depot marked (E42). All collar liner buttons are intact. All of the insignia looks to be original period application as are the buttons. Krim shield (and backing) and drivers badge backing cloth are also original application. The original metal part of the drivers badge went missing at some point, but there is one included with a single prong that can be slid on and used for display purposes. The field blouse is roughly size 32" chest. Super nice Panzer M36!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $2,499.00

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