L022979 TROPICAL BLOUSED PANTS. (Tropen Überfallhose)

BACKGROUND: In late 1940, with the impending German entrance into the North African campaign, the army quickly developed and issued tropical uniforms and equipment in time for DAK, Deutsches Afrika Korps, (German Africa Corps), personnel’s arrival in Tripoli in February 1941. At the same time the Luftwaffe also developed and introduced their own version of the tropical uniform and equipment independently from the other branches of service. Originally the tropical uniforms were only intended for wear in North Africa but that was later expanded to include personnel serving in southern areas of continental Europe during the summer months, (May 1ST to September 30TH). The design of the tropical uniform was based on the standard continental uniform but in a different color and material. The Luftwaffe tropical uniform remained basically unchanged for the duration of the war with minor modifications. Originally issues of the tropical uniform included long pants of the same design as the continental long pants but these were discontinued by April 1942 in favor of the more popular and practical Tropen Überfallhose, (Tropical Bloused Pants).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Luftwaffe tropical Überfallhose made of Luftwaffe colored tan cotton material, pleated front, lined at the waist in white cotton and with pocket bags of the same material, having the Luftwaffe style integral belt and tan painted steel sliding buckle arrangement at the waist, with one large flapped pocket on the left upper thigh, plus two rear flapped pockets and two front slash pockets, each flapped pocket has the white cotton facing material, with tightening straps and buckles, also tan painted, at the ankles, marked with sizes and "LBA (S)"at the inner waist band, trousers have tan composite buttons used throughout. Roughly a size 32 waist. Near mint and nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $1,500.00

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