L015279 FLAK ARTILLERY "1st Pattern" EM’s FLIGHT BLOUSE & TROUSERS. (Fliegerbluse)

BACKGROUND: The Reichsluftwaffe was official established on February 26TH 1935 as the third branch of service of the German Armed Forces. On March 9TH 1935 the formation of the new Reichsluftwaffe was announced to the foreign press and on March 16TH conscription was reintroduced for all three branches of service. On May 21ST 1935 the Reichsluftwaffe designation was altered to Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe flight blouse was originally introduced in early 1935 and was based on the Fliegerbluse worn earlier by, DLV, Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports Association), personnel, the clandestine civilian forerunner of the Luftwaffe. The flight blouse remained in service through-out the war with minor modifications. Originally flight blouses for EM/NCO’s were without external pockets until regulations of May 6TH 1940 when the second pattern flight blouse with external hip pockets was introduced. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the Luftwaffe’s Verkaufsabteilung, (Air-Force Sales Department), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase uniform items of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive. The different branches of service within the Luftwaffe were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Colors), with golden yellow being chosen for personnel serving with Flieger, (Flight), units which was generally displayed as collar piping for EM/NCO’s, (discontinued in March 1940), on the collar tabs and as piping on the shoulder strap/boards of the flight blouse.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: First pattern, (pre-May 1940), Luftwaffe blue/grey, wool/rayon blend construction EM/NCO’s flight blouse without external hip pockets. The flight blouse features a vertical, five button, French fly, front closure with the buttons on the right front panel and small vertical slashes and corresponding, hidden button eyelets on the left front panel. The flight blouse has small, fold back lapels and a lay down collar with a single metal hook and eye positioned at the forward neckline. The right breast has a outline where a Luftwaffe eagle had been applied and removed. The waistline side seams each have three, vertically aligned, stitched eyelets for the belt support hooks. The flight blouse has sewn on shoulder straps in Luftwaffe blue/grey wool with red wool waffenfarbe piping (flak). Collar tabs have been removed. The lay down collar has the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. Lower top right sleeve and bottom left have been repaired/replaced (most probably period by the company tailor) to extend the tunics work life. The repairs are very well done and hard to notice at first glance. Buttons are a combination of original and replaced stitching. Very nice unit marking. The flight blouse is roughly a size 34" chest. Comes with a nice matching pair of EM’s issued wool trousers. Both pieces are very field worn and used. Would display well as a grouping.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $995.00

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