G009773 EM'S TACKLE SHIRT. (Arbeitsbluse)

BACKGROUND: German Naval uniforms and headgear were based on traditional designs that date back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848, and although the uniforms and headgear did evolve during the interim years, many items used during the Third Reich would still have been quite recognizable to the Imperial sailor. The white work/drill uniform was originally introduced into the Prussian Navy and was carried over into the Reichsmarine and eventually the Kriegsmarine with minor variations. The white work/drill uniform for EM and Junior NCO ranks consisted of a white shirt and pants and a white jacket for the Junior NCOís and was utilized as the standard uniform for shipboard, barracks and infantry drill duties. Regulations of February 5TH 1940 discontinued issue of the white work/drill shirt for Junior NCOís to be replaced with the blue jumper shirt. Of Note: In 1940 a field-grey version of the work/drill uniform was introduced which was also used as a summer duty uniform. Originally enlisted personnel didnít wear any insignia on the work/drill tunics but NCOís did. After 1940 when the work/drill uniforms were utilized as a summer duty uniform EMís also began wearing insignia on them. In late 1941 or early 1942 the work/drill jackets were modified with the addition of breast pockets. Along with the standard work uniforms were a couple of other work related uniforms including the tackle shirt and pants intended for wear specifically by EMís for on-board ship duties.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Grey cotton/rayon blend construction, pull-over tackle shirt with an HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), weave. The shirt features a low, rounded, boat neck collar and a central, vertical, two button, front closure plaquet. The shirt has a large, horizontal, slash, pocket to the left breast. The shirt doesnít have a breast eagle as per regulations. The shirt has straight cut, non-adjustable sleeve cuffs with a small, vertical, slash to the outside sleeve seams with a single button closure to each. The dual-ply, hemmed, bottom tail skirt edge of the shirt has a tunnel loop fit adjustment drawstring. The bottom edge of the tail skirt has a small, internal, dual-ply, vertically rectangular, reinforcement panel with a single, stitched, eyelet to each side seam designed to secure the shirt to the pants. Nice makers mark. The shirt is in overall excellent, unissued, condition with minor age toning. The buttons are all the natural alloy dish type and appear to have their original stitching. The shirt is roughly a size 44" chest.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $175.00

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