H098577 PIONEER M35 "Der Spiess" DRESS TUNIC. (Waffenrock M35)

BACKGROUND: The M35 dress tunic was introduced for wear by all ranks on June 29TH 1935 as the walking out, parade and ceremonial dress with the piped, stone grey long pants. The design of the M35 dress tunic was based on the Imperial German army’s service tunic but was a different color and generally of much higher quality. Originally all personnel were issued two M35 dress tunics but manufacture was discontinued in late 1939 or early 1940 and was to be reinstated at the successful conclusion of the war. Regulations of March 21ST 1940 stated that the M35 dress tunics that were no longer suitable for dress wear were to be modified and reissued to personnel of the replacement and reserve units for every day wear. 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: High quality, private purchase, field-grey wool/tricot blend construction M35 dress tunic features a vertical, eight button front closure with dual metal hooks and eyes positioned at the forward neckline and a lay down, blue/green badge cloth collar. Buttons and insignia are all original stitching. Award loops for one badge and one ribbon bar. The tunic is roughly a size 36" chest. Original marksman lanyard is also included. Superb untouched tunic showing only the expected age and light use. "Der Spiess", (The Spear), was a common nickname granted to the individual who was appointed as a Hauptfeldwebel which would be the equivalent of a Company Sergeant Major. The designation of Hauptfeldwebel was not an actual rank but an appointed position granted to a senior NCO who was charged with internal responsibility of a Company sized unit. The identifying insignia for the Hauptfeldwebel consisted of dual strips of NCO’s tress positioned on both the lower left and right sleeves of the service tunics, and the field blouses

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,785.00 (Or Best Offer)

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