BACKGROUND: The development of camouflage clothing and equipment had began in the German army in WWI, and continued through the Weimar Reichswehr era and on into the Third Reich. The geometric splinter pattern was developed in the early 1930's and was first adopted for use with the quarter shelter/poncho in late 1931. Further developments in 1943 modified the original splinter pattern by softly blurring the distinct geometric pattern and slightly altering the coloration. This modified camouflage pattern was designated the Tan/water camouflage pattern and was once again altered in 1944 by an even stronger blurring of the distinct geometric pattern during the war. Although the Luftwaffe original utilized the army’s camouflage patterns they also developed their own camouflage patterns which were very similar with minor variations. Further camouflage pattern development continued through-out the war and additional subtly different patterns were created with the intent to equip all personnel with the same camouflage pattern but this was never achieved. The Luftwaffe field divisions were rapidly mobilized from Luftwaffe ground personnel in late 1942 and early 1943, to replace the massive loses of men on the Eastern front. Due to the lack of training and poor performance in the field, of the twenty-two divisions formed, seventeen were either destroyed or disbanded before the end of the war. When the Luftwaffe field divisions were being formed the need for proper camouflage garments was raised and a design for an inexpensive, easy to manufacture field jacket, suitable for ground combat, was proposed and accepted in late 1942.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The jacket features a five button front closure with a single metal hook and eye at the neck. Eagle has been removed. The forward tail skirt has two horizontal slash hip pockets with straight edged button down flaps. The waistline side panels each have five, vertically aligned, stitched eyelets for the belt support hooks. The armpits each have a horizontal slash opening for ventilation. The sleeves have numerous small tapering darts at the horizontal cuff bands and a small vertical slash to the outside seams at the cuffs. The horizontal cuffs each have a stitched button eyelet with dual corresponding fit adjustment buttons. The original shoulder board/strap retaining loops and buttons are still present (one button has pulled loose but is included in the pocket along with some original period thread). The jacket has a large lay down collar with the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. The reverse of the left collar side has a dual button holed, horizontally extended fabric tab with two corresponding buttons to the reverse of the right side collar for secure closure in inclement weather. The unlined interior has a patch pocket to the left breast with a single button closure. Excellent issue and size markings. Chest size is 96cm (38"). Superb example. Just needs an eagle.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $2,995.00 (Or Best Offer)

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