K002972 EM/NCO'S HBT TROPICAL WORK/DRILL JACKET. (Arbeits/Drillich Bluse)

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 for EMís and a white shirt, jacket and pants 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. Although the colors white and field-grey were the official colors other colors were also utilized on a limited basis. 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 1942 pattern, tan, cotton/rayon blend construction tunic with an HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), weave features a vertical, six button, front closure with a single, metal, hook and eye positioned at the forward neckline and a stand-up collar. The tunic has two, unpleated, patch, hip pockets and two pleated breast pocket. The tunic has straight cut, non-adjustable sleeves with dual-ply, hemmed cuffs. Loops for attachment of shoulder straps. The interior breast panel is well marked with a black inkstamped RB number and additional numerals. Of Note: The RB numbers, Reichsbetriebnummer, (National factory code numbers), were introduced in late 1942 and were intended to replace the manufacturers marks on garments and equipment to conceal the manufactures name and location from the allies, to prevent bombing raids on German industrial factories. The front closure buttons are the olive drab washed, stamped alloy type with no anchors. The front closure buttons are the removable type secured by steel "S" rings. The tunic is roughly size 38" chest. Near mint!

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $485.00 (Or Best Offer)

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