BACKGROUND: As a direct result of the institution of the "Four-Year Plan" for German economic self sufficiency, announced in September 1936, the NSDAP established a National Bureau of Mines, (Bergbau), in October 1936 to oversee mining functions and distribution of essential raw materials. The Bergbau consisted of all previously organized State and Individual Mining Associations and was coordinated by the newly established Berghoheitsverwaltung, (Superior Mine Administration). The parade dress uniforms of the earlier mining associations were standardized with minor modifications including new position insignia. In November 1943 the Bergbau came under control of the Ministry of Armaments and War Production, led by Albert Speer.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A black wool, single breasted tunic with an eight brass button front, with an additional row of five smaller brass buttons to each side of the opening on a black velvet background. The lay down collar has insignia to each point. Each cuff has a velvet armband with has a yellow stripe. The shoulders have stitched to them, musicians swallows nests of black velvet with wide gilt, vertical stripes and bottom trim. Affixed to the left arm, via safety pin is a red wool, NSDAP members armband. The interior is fully lined in black silk/rayon with a button, slash breast pocket to either side. The chest measures approximately 42". This example most probably dates from the late 1920's or early 1930's.

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