N018981 DRK SERVICE TUNIC. (Dienstrock)

BACKGROUND: The DRK, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was originally instituted in 1864 and was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention on July 27TH 1929. On December 9TH 1937 the DRK gained the status of a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany the DRK came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interiors Social Welfare Organization. DRK uniforms can be traced back to at least WWI and underwent minor modifications until August 6TH 1935 when major modifications were enacted including the introduction of the national eagle emblem with swastika. Further regulations in January 1938 dictated additional minor uniform modifications.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Interesting late war variant with-out the pigeon grey collar. Charcoal grey wool/rayon blend construction tunic. The tunic features a five button front closure with a single metal hook and eye at the neck. The tunic has four, front, pleated pockets with scalloped button down flaps. The two breast pockets are the basic patch type while the two hip pockets are the saddlebag type with expanding side panels. The straight cut sleeve cuffs each have a small vertical outside seam slash with dual fit adjustment buttons. Collar tabs each have a red enamelled cross to centers and are piped in fine twisted silver/aluminum cord. Typical zig-zag stitching to the backside of the collar as is found on Third Reich production tunics. Straps signify rank of DRK Anwärter/Helfer, (Candidate/Helper). All original buttons and stitching. The unlined interior of the tunic has black leather reinforcement strips machine stitched to tension points and includes a vertical strap to each side panel at the waistline with four stitched eyelets for the belt support hooks. The interior also has a field dressing pocket, with a single button closure, situated at the right front tail skirt. Well marked size "II", and an unknown numeral, "55". The tunic is roughly size 36-38" chest. Unissued and super clean.

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $595.00 (Or Best Offer)

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