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, heavy, private purchase, leather construction, double breasted style, full length, greatcoat with fold back lapels and a lay down collar. The coat features dual, vertical, parallel, rows of six front closure buttons with corresponding button holes on the left front panels. The coat has two, diagonally angled, slash, front hip pockets with slightly angular fold over flaps at the waistline. The straight cut, non-adjustable, sleeves have deep fold back French cuffs which are stitched in the upright position. Buttons are complete with most having original stitching. Has loops and grommets for shoulder board attachment. Complete liner. The coat is roughly size 41" chest.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $655.00

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