H058985 OFFICER'S BREECHES. (Stiefelhose für Offizier)

BACKGROUND: The German Heer, (Army), utilized a wide variety of long trousers and breeches including the M35 dress pants, the standard, straight legged, long pants, assorted breeches, drill and field pants, tapered "keilhose" pants and assorted, specialized, pants designed for specific branch of service personnel such as the Mountain Trooper’s pants and the Panzer and Assault Gunner’s pants. Regulations dictated that unmounted Officer’s were to wear breeches with the Service, Guard, Parade and Reporting dress and they could also be worn as an optional item with the Field and Undress uniforms. As with the standard issue long pants the unmounted Officer’s breeches were originally produced in stone grey fabric until 1940 when regulations dictated that newly produced breeches be constructed in field-grey fabric. Of Note: Mounted personnel in all branches of service utilized the riding breeches, (Reithose), which were to be worn with most of the uniform types. Originally the seat and crotch of the riding breeches were out-fitted with a leather reinforcement panel which was replaced, early in the war, with a dual-ply, field-grey wool or wool blend material reinforcement panel due to leather shortages. 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 clothing allowances for Officer’s consisted of a singular pay out of roughly, 450.00 Reichsmarks, ($180.00USD), followed by a maintenance allowance of roughly 30.00RM, ($12.00USD), per month. 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. As a result of their obligation to furnish their own uniform items, Officers and Senior NCO’s were permitted to buy optional clothing items that were prohibited for other ranks. As a general, although unofficial rule, Officer’s ranks were usually given more leeway in the pattern and cut of optional clothing items while the Senior NCO’s had to have their private purchase garments inspected and approved before wear. 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: Issued field-grey wool/rayon blend construction breeches. Buttons look to be mostly original stitching, there are a couple missing. Several holes and sewing repairs. Nice worn and used examples showing the expected age and wear. Roughly a 36 waist. Nice original size and depot markings.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $299.00

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