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. The different branches of service within the German army were allocated a specific identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with grass green being chosen for Panzer Grenadier, (Armored Infantry), personnel. On the field blouse and service tunic the waffenfarbe was generally displayed on the shoulder straps/boards and the collar tabs. Of Note: The Feldherrnhalle, (Hall of Generals/Heroes), in Munich was the site of the unsuccessful 1923 Beer Hall Putsch in which the NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), attempted to seize governmental power and in which sixteen NSDAP members were killed by the police. After the NSDAP gained power in January 1933 the Feldherrnhalle became a national shrine for the sixteen "assassinated martyrs" of the party. Shortly after the purge of the SA, Sturm Abteilung, (Storm Troopers) in June 1934 the newly appointed SA-Stabchef, (Chief-of-Staff), Viktor Lutz established the SA-Wachtstandarte, (SA Guard Regiment), to guard the NSDAP’s offices and allotted it the honor title Feldherrnhalle. Sometime in the mid to late 1930's personnel serving with SA-Wachtstandarte Feldherrnhalle were allotted an honorary "Feldherrnhalle" cufftitle. On August 9TH 1942 the 271ST Infantry Regiment, a component of the 93RD Infantry Division, which consisted largely of SA volunteers were also authorized wear of the same "Feldherrnhalle" cufftitle as the SA-Wachtstandarte. On July 1ST 1943 distinctive new shoulder board/strap cyphers were introduced for wear by both the SA-Wachtstandarte and the army’s Feldhernhalle units. In 1943 the 271ST Infantry Regiment Feldhernhalle was detached from the 93RD Infantry Division to form the nucleus of the newly forming 60TH Panzer Grenadier Division Feldherrnhalle and divisional personnel were also allotted the honor cufftitle and shoulder board/strap cyphers. Further expansion and additional units including the PanzerKorps Feldherrnhalle consisting of the Panzer Divisions Feldherrnhalle 1 and 2 were also allotted wear of the honor cufftitle and shoulder board/strap cyphers. Regulations decreed that the unit designation shoulder board/strap cyphers were embroidered in the branch of service color for EM’s and Junior NCO’s, in silvered metal for Senior NCO’s and in gilted metal for Officer’s ranks.

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. The tunic has four, pleated, patch front pockets with scalloped button down flaps. The right breast has an officers quality, hand embroidered, national eagle in bright silver/aluminum and bullion wire threads with black accent threads mounted on a cut-out, blue/green badge cloth base. The eagle is neatly handstitched to the tunic. The left breast pocket has award loops for three badges. Upper right sleeve has its original Silver Tank Destruction badge (Sonderabzeichen für das Niederkämpfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelkämpfer) in Silver. The reverse of the tunic has a small, central, vertical, tail skirt slash. The straight cut sleeves have deep, turned back, French cuffs which are stitched in the upright position at both the inner and outer sleeve seams. The lower left sleeve has a machine woven, tan rayon construction cufftitle with a repeating, interwoven, waffle pattern and machine woven Sütterlin style script "Feldherrnhalle" in bright silver/aluminum flat-wire threads. The cufftitle is bordered at both the top and bottom edges in multi-strand, horizontally woven, bright silver/aluminum wire thread. The cufftitle is neatly handstitched to the sleeve. The tunic has sewn on shoulder boards of matte, silver/aluminum Russian braid, mounted on pink wool waffenfarbe bases with the gilt washed, die stamped, alloy Feldherrnhalle, shoulder board cyphers and a single rank pip to each. The cyphers feature a central, embossed, combined, "SA" rune with a smooth, circular, outer border on a subtly textured, recessed, background, superimposed on three, diagonally ribbed, horizontal sigrunes which in turn is superimposed on a single, subtly textured, vertical sigrune. All four sigrunes have a raised outer edge lip. The tunic has a lay down, blue/green badge cloth construction collar which features hand embroidered collar tab litzen in matte silver/aluminum wire threads with the twisted, pink rayon, branch of service stripes. The collar tabs are mounted on blue/green badge cloth bases which shows through the litzen as the center stripe and are machine stitched to the collar. The interior of the tunic is fully lined in field-grey rayon. The lining has a horizontal, slash, pocket to the left breast and a small, field-grey wool reinforced, horizontal slash to the reverse of the exterior left hip pocket for the dagger/sword hangers. The interior of the tunic also has a vertical, field-grey, rayon strap with an alloy friction clip, machine stitched to the left armpit seam for suspending the dagger/sword hangers. The buttons are all the field-grey painted, pebbled, magnetic sheet metal type and all appear to have their original stitching. The tunic is roughly size 34" chest. Rare tunic in superb untouched original condition.

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