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 German navy also had a long tradition of brown and white tropical/landing dress that was worn in hot climates with the white uniform also serving as a walking out dress. The tradition was continued through the Weimar era and in 1929 the Reichsmarine introduced new brown and white tropical/landing dress uniforms with stand-up collars. In 1937 the Kriegsmarine introduced new style brown and white tropical uniforms with lay down collars. With the impending entrance into the North African campaign in late 1940 the Kriegsmarine developed another new tropical brown uniform independently from the Heer and Luftwaffe, but retained the 1937 pattern white uniform. Officer and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and headgear and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the OKK, Offizier Kleiderkasse der Kriegsmarine, (Officer’s Clothing Account of the Navy). Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms and headgear from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored items although the price may have been restrictive. Generally speaking officers bought nice quality, private purchase, uniform items but they could also choose to buy their uniforms directly from the military clothing depots.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, 1937 pattern, white rayon/cotton blend tunic with a pique weave features a vertical, four button front closure with small fold back peak lapels and a lay down collar. The tunic has four, pleated patch front pockets with scalloped button down flaps. The right breast has two vertical and one horizontal thread loops to secure a removable national eagle. The silver washed, stamped alloy construction national eagle with out-stretched wings is included. The left breast has two horizontal thread loops for wear of an award. The tunic has straight cut, non-adjustable sleeves with simulated French cuffs. The tunic has an unlined interior with nice size and manufacturers markings. The removable buttons are all the silver washed administration type. Shoulder board buttons may be re-stitched. The tunic is roughly size 40" chest. Nice clean tunic, just needs a nice pair of original boards. Of Note: Administrative personnel were distinguished from other Kriegsmarine personnel by having silver uniform insignia including buttons as opposed to the standard golden yellow insignia. Due to the silver insignia the Administrative personnel were contemptuously referred to as Silberlinge, (Silvered Ones).

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $795.00

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