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Need help identifying this 1917 German wool greatcoat / trenchcoat

Article about: Buttons have the Kaiser's crown, inside is stamped B.A.I. 1917 also stamped what looks to read "concordia: (can't make out middle word) Berlin. Thanks in advance for any info!

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    Default Need help identifying this 1917 German wool greatcoat / trenchcoat

    Buttons have the Kaiser's crown, inside is stamped B.A.I. 1917 also stamped what looks to read "concordia: (can't make out middle word) Berlin.

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    Thanks in advance for any info!

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    Default Re: Need help identifying this 1917 German wool greatcoat / trenchcoat

    WalkingMonolith...a nice late WW1 Model 1915 Prussian issue greatcoat (as opposed to the Bavarian model which had a field grey coller) which has continued in service with the post WW1 Peacetime Army (19.01.1919-05.05.1919) the Friedensheer,
    evident by the blue rings on the sleeve, which are rank devices, yours is for an "Oberleutnant"....see rank insignia list below. Note the original Imperial shoulder straps were removed. On March 06, 1919 the “Peacetime Army” was transformed into the “Provisional Reichswehr” (Vorläufige Reichswehr) and new rank insignia was introduced by a decree of May 05, 1919.
    Prost ! Steve.

    1- Soldat (Schütze, Kanonier, etc.); 2 – Gefreiter.
    3 – Unteroffizier; 4 – Sergeant and Fähnrich; 5 – Vizefeldwebel; 6 – Feldwebel and Offizierstellvertreter; 7 – Unteroffizier (2nd type rank insignia introduced on February 04, 1919).
    8 – Feldwebelleutnant and Leutnant; 9 – Oberleutnant; 10 – Hauptmann; 11 – Hauptmann (non-regulated rank insignia).
    12 – Major; 13 – Oberstleutnant; 14 – Obesrt.
    15 – Generalmajor; 16 – Generalleutnant; 17 – General der Infanterie, General der Kavallerie, General der Artillerie.
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    Last edited by oradour; 05-30-2012 at 01:52 AM.
    "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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    Default Re: Need help identifying this 1917 German wool greatcoat / trenchcoat

    Fantastic!

    Thank you so much. I wasted a full work day researching this on my own and came up with nothing. Thank you so much.

    Please excuse if this is considered poor forum etiquette here, but would you happen to have any idea as to what something like this may be valued at?

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    Default Re: Need help identifying this 1917 German wool greatcoat / trenchcoat

    WalkingMonolith,

    I have purchased several on ebay that have run from $292.00 up to $500.00.

    Anton

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