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Article about: Hello all, Can anyone please tell me if this is a wartime tunic (perhaps with added insignias) and if so what pattern it is please? I cannot read the stampings but if anyone would like to ta

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    Hello all,

    Can anyone please tell me if this is a wartime tunic (perhaps with added insignias) and if so what pattern it is please? I cannot read the stampings but if anyone would like to take a shot in the dark and tell me what they may be I would appreciate the feedback. To me, the Gebrigsjäger insignia looks authentic.

    thank you.

    William Kramer
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    Hello William,
    It is not a DAK tunic, not even a tropical tunic...as it as six front buttons and a closure at the neck, it is rather a lightweight "summertime" tunic patterned after the woolen Feldbluse 1933 modified 1942, with scalloped flaps, but not more pleat to the pockets. It looks made with cloths usually used to produce tropical tunics. Some insignia is reapplied...Litzen could be genuine, breast eagle is ugly, shoulderstraps are repros, only the Edelweiss arm insignia is good for sure, but it shouldn't be sewn on this one as it is not a privately purchased tunic...arm insignia should be the BeVo version here...
    Is it me or the breast "eagle" looks like a Parrot ?
    Thanks
    PREUSSENS GLORIA

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    JP has it covered: nothing to add.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    thanks for all of the help with this one. The thread used to attach the collar insignia appears to be the same as the rest used in the construction of the tunic.

    William Kramer
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    I agree with J.P to a point - the whole construction other than the additional neck closure is typically 'tropical' right down to the twill used. I think these are indeed 'tropical' - at the very least warm climate tunics (and yes, we see these in Olona cloth in a majoritory of cases, and normally with straight pocket flaps). I think there is an argument to call these '4th pattern' tropical tunics?
    The litzen looks typically late war applied, but all else as J.P noted...
    Just my thoughts.
    Mark
    NZ

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    Hello Mark,
    I understand your view but i have never been a huge fan of this kind of collector's classification, like for this "4th pattern tropical tunic"...but everything has to be classified i guess...

    If this is a tropical tunic, i was wondering why the factory applied Litzen aren't the tropical issue ?

    The earliest "lightweight summertime" or "4th pattern tropical" tunic i have seen in my collecting life has been produced by Lago in 1942 (late 42 i presume), at the same time that the 3rd pattern tropical tunic was made and issued to troops...(of course i refer to your December 1942 dated photo showing a member of the 10. Panzerdivision en route to Africa while wearing a 3rd pattern tunic).

    I agree that this example in tropical cloth has something strange, but who knows someday someone may find an official text saying that the Drillichrock can be also produced in tropical cloth...and perhaps this is what it is....
    Thanks
    PREUSSENS GLORIA

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    Additional photos for reference.

    Is this tunic here fairly similar? (with the exception of the tropical collar insignia)

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    another 4th pattern with Continental insignia that I found via Internet search.
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    another with grey insignias, this one being used. Six-button front.

    Breast eagle is the triangular version of gray eagle over light green backing, and machine sewn. The collar tabs are also the gray/green style and factory applied. Gefreiter sleeve chevron is brown cotton twill with copper colored tresse in the Heer pattern.
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    It appears that the hook and eye closure has been removed.
    Other than the additional button closure and hook/eye this tunic is typically 'tropical' manufacture throughout. We see 'Sudfront' tunics with period applied tropical insignia - but in this case I think the eagle would match the litzen and be continental.
    Regards,
    Mark

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