S010683 "FELDGENDARMERIE" EMíS M40 FIELD BLOUSE. (Feldbluse M40)

BACKGROUND: The M40 field blouse was basically a continuation of the modifications of the M33 field blouse which had evolved into the M36 field blouse. Modifications to the M36 field blouse included alteration of the bright silver/aluminum NCO tress and rank chevrons to a less visible subdued matte grey tress in April 1940, and changing the blue/green badge cloth collar to a field-grey basic cloth collar in May 1940. These alterations resulted in the M40 field blouse. Of Note: Although the bright silver/aluminum NCO tress and rank chevrons were to be replaced with the less visible subdued matte grey tress, it is not uncommon to find the brighter tress still in use on the M40 or even later produced field blouses. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the armyís Kliederkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCOís could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Field-gray, wool/rayon blend construction, issue M40 field blouse features a vertical, six button front closure with a single metal hook and eye positioned at the neckline. The field blouse has four, pleated, front pockets with scalloped edged button down flaps. The breast pockets are the basic patch type while the hip pockets are the saddlebag type with expanding side panels. The field blouse has four sets of three, vertically aligned, stitched eyelets with one set situated at either side of the front closure and two to either side of the back panel, at the waistline. The eyelets were designed for the belt support hooks. There is a fold line and nap wear on the cuff ends showing that they where worn in a folded up position for some. Buttons all look replaced. Collar tabs, shoulder straps and arm eagle have been removed. Roughly a size 36" chest. Nice worn and used tunic that saw lots of period use and wear.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $895.00

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