S004873 M44 DOT PATTERN CAMOUFLAGE FIELD BLOUSE. (Tarnung Feldbluse M44)

BACKGROUND: The development of SS camouflage items was initiated by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler in 1935 when he tasked the Reichsführung-SS, (National Leadership of the SS), to begin research of new camouflage patterns and garments for use by the fledgling SS-VT, SS-Verfugüngstruppe, (SS-Special Purpose Troops). In late 1936 and early 1937 the first SS camouflage garments were issued to personnel of the SS-VT Standarte Deutschland for field testing and evaluation. The first items evaluated were the Quarter shelters/ponchos, followed by steel helmet covers, face masks and smocks. As the war continued various other clothing items were produced in the assorted camouflage patterns. Originally the camouflage patterns were all produced in the time consuming manual screen printing until the development of the machine roller printing in 1940. By the end of the war no fewer then ten assorted camouflage patterns had been developed and used by the SS. The M44 dot pattern camouflage uniform, consisting of a field blouse and pants was officially introduced on March 1ST 1944 as a cost saving measure, and was designed to serve double duty by replacing both the drill tunic and camouflage smock. Originally the early models of the M44 dot pattern camouflage uniforms were manufactured from stockpiles of dual sided, camouflage material with an HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), weave and the field blouse came outfitted with shoulder strap retaining loops and buttons and a factory applied sleeve eagle. By July 1944 the inclusion of the shoulder strap retaining loops and buttons and the factory applied sleeve eagle were discontinued. The M44 dot pattern camouflage uniform was only suitable for warm climates and regulations dictated that the uniforms were to be returned to the units storage depots annually on November 1ST although the lack of supplies negated this directive and the uniforms were worn through-out the year.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Later, post-July 1944 pattern, cotton/rayon blend construction field blouse with an HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), weave and the machine printed dot pattern camouflage to the exterior. The camouflage pattern is predominately light brown with random spots of tan and assorted shades of green. The field blouse features a vertical, five button front closure with small fold back lapels, a single metal hook and eye positioned at the forward neckline and a lay down collar. The tunic has numerous holes and period repairs. Buttons are replaced stitching on the ones that remain. Faint, original issue markings. Nice, salty, worn and used original example. The field blouse is roughly size 32" chest. Getting hard to find.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $4,165.00

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