BACKGROUND: The Greatcoat was a standard uniform item for wear by all ranks, with minor variations, and followed the basic design of the Imperial German army’s greatcoat. During WWII the German armed forces utilized at least thirteen different styles of greatcoats with numerous variations and intended purposes. Of these assorted greatcoats Officers and Officials with officers ranks were entitled to wear a leather version of the standard greatcoat as an optional item. Officer’s and certain senior NCO’s were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and were allotted a clothing allowance. 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 and both civilian and military models of the leather greatcoat were available. Regulations dictated the only insignia to be worn on the leather greatcoats were to be slip on shoulder boards. Due to leather shortages manufacture of the leather greatcoats was discontinued by regulations on April 10TH 1944.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, blue/grey, multi-panel, leather construction, full length, greatcoat with fold back lapels and a lay down collar. The greatcoat is held closed via a large hook and eyelet system that extends one, from each side via a leather tab. Original Oberst Medical Officer, sew on straps are present with original stitching. The coat has two, diagonally angled, slash, front hip pockets with slightly angular fold over flaps positioned at the waistline. The sleeves are straight cut, non-adjustable. The coat has an open tail skirt vent which runs from the waist belt down to the bottom edge of the coat. The interior of the greatcoat including the sleeves is fully lined in blue/grey rayon. The lining has leather reinforced, horizontal slash pocket to the left breast panel and a small, leather reinforced, diagonal slash to the reverse of the left front exterior pocket to suspend the dagger/sword (sewn closed). Sewn to the outside left breast pocket is a black and yellow DAF silk tag. A 30cm long zipper pocket is to the right interior flap. Both of these interior flaps have eleven female, grey painted snaps that would connect to a liner. A pair of adjustable leather straps with snaps is to each of the rear "stepping out" panels that corresponds to a mate at the top of the rear seam of the opening. The chest measures approximately 44". The leather shows the expected period use and wear. 

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $385.00

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