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    Thumbs up imperial greatcoat

    hello, what would be the unit of this greatcoat and what are yalls opinions on it.
    thanks
    john



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    Default Re: imperial greatcoat

    John, an original Prussian Infantry officers "Offiziersmantel" or "Paletot", a double breasted light grey wool overcoat for mounted and dismounted Officers. The colour combination of the collar, dark blue/red indicate Prussian Infantry....as do the black flecked shoulder straps. During 1915/16 it was replaced by the field grey "Einheitsmantel".
    The shoulder straps bearing the "1" are for the rank of Oberleutnant (a Company officer) and IMO are for "Grenadier-Regt. Kronprinz (1.Ostpreußisches) Nr.1." garrisoned at Königsberg and part of I Armee Korps. The base colour of the shoulder strap is white, which indicates Army Corps colour, 1 Army Corps was white.
    There are two gilt buttons missing on the rear skirt pleats, but they should not be difficult to obtain......
    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)

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