BW Heer Officers lightweight tunic.....
Gentlemen, a superb BW Army Officers tunic, a nice light grey lightweight unlined version of "Selbsteinkleideruniform" (general service uniform) from 1957 (Model 1957) for the rank of Oberstleutnant this tunic style was the first 4 pocket tunic to be worn in the BW, and is still worn today.......with little alteration. This tunic belonged to a veteran that fought in a sturmgeschutz unit in WW2 furthermore according to the seller he got the Ehrenblattspange......but there is no proof to this as no name is attached to the tunic for me to check
However therte is two sets of loops for two seperate ribbon bars, the top set are still there EK I, EK II and PAB 25 engagements....I would imagine the lower bar to be for two additional awards.
The tunic would of been upgraded in line with October 1963 regulations, when the verbandsabzeichen (armshield) was to be worn (attached is the Verbandsabzeichen/armshield of WBK V "Wehrbereichskommando V" at Stuttgart) also around this time the switch over from non waffenfarbe pointed shoulder straps to rounded waffenfarbe piped straps took place, it seems this Officer stuck with his original 57' straps and simply had the waffenfarbe attached to the pointy straps ! something I have not seen before, as most conformed to regulations and either bought a new tunic or had rounded straps re-fitted by a tailor.....or else this fellow retired just after this date (1963), saw no reason to spend hard earned cash on an upgrade....The collar patches in "Mittelblau" are for "Technische Truppe".
Prost ! Steve.
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
10-11-2015 01:55 PM
A fantastic piece of history indeed, shame they got rid of the french cuffs later on...
That's a nice, lovely tunic Steve.