This is the second white SS tunic I have owned. The first also displayed yellowing, this one found by Robert Hassler also clearly exhibits this and some very light staining that Jim speaks of.
Of note, the white SS Generals visor also displays the exact same yellowing/staining.
In 1939, the white SS tunic was officially instituted as an optional officers-only uniform item. Wear was restricted to the months of April to September and to non-formal, off-duty occasions (as a mess dress, a walking-out uniform, for attending sports events etc.).
In 1940, the white tunic was disontinued for the duration of the war, although some officers continued to wear it. Arthur Rödl, seen in four photograps in post # 17 is an example. The pictures show him at the Groß-Rosen concentration camp, where he served from May 1941 to September 1942. (By the way: note that Doug's tunic has 1942-model collar patches.)
Period photographs also show that other (Waffen-) SS officers kitted themselves out with white tunics of the Heer model (with closed collars). (Fritz Schmedes and Demelhuber are two random examples that come to mind.)
Thank you HLP for that detailed answer.
We have included the various articles from the UM as well as the RZM circulars for all of this in several threads.
Here is the detail of the fake shoulder board above mentioned:
Last edited by BenVK; 01-26-2014 at 11:38 PM.
Mr. Doug's nice white hat was on the Whammond site. Such white textiles usually show their age by discoloring, which in my view, is a sure sign of authenticity. I had a military style white tunic in the early 1970s from a Waffen SS doctor, along with a silk grey peaked cap, an image of which endures.
not wanting to make too much a point of it (as apparently strange things are sometimes seen and are nothing sinister) but simply to mention it, the black cut edges of the sleeve eagle are pristine and i wonder about whether they might be so on a tunic that has been worn much and cleaned and stored and moved about much over the decades. again, this is merely an observation. Arran makes an observation that is interesting re: the cut and configuration of the breast pockets. the material, the shoulder boards and other points made here do not reassure me however, to condemn the thing is something above my pay grade around here and, i think, best left to our other and more capable and experienced members in this realm.
a good thread.