Pattern 1943, late forties-mid fifties Spanich Saharian tunic. Textbook example.
Saharianas (both the 1029 and 1935 types) were brought to Spain by the Italian CTV during the Spanish Civil War. Nationalist officers liked their more modern and practical appearance compared with the tight fitting pattern 1926 tunic which was official use at the time.
Both Italian originals and Spanish made copied were used by officiers and Falange cadres (these in white or black).
They liked the item so much that in 1943 they were declared the standard item for field use (even in colloquial spanish sahariana stands for bush jacket independent of the actual cut).
Wartime Saharianas are rather priced items in Spain. Post-war ( like this example) are very easy to come across in flea-markets or old surplus stores. They have slight differences in cut and fabrics (usually wartime ones being more customized in cut and in better quality, being made by taylors or small workshops for customers who were willing to purchase them with their own money).
You can see also post war saharianas in dark blue (for railway troops, so to conceal stains) and in medium or nanking blue (for civil personnel, mainly the postal service).
I hope this helps.
01-26-2015 05:12 PM