Item Id: UC23032
Heer Grossdeutschland Panzer Oberfeldwebel's M36 Style Tunic
Issue M36 style tunic which is actually a wartime professionally retailored greatcoat. Constructed of field-grey combat cloth. Bottle green collar with bright diamond pattern rank tresse and two metal and hook front neck closure. Six button front closure, Four pleated patch front pockets with scalloped button down flaps and deep french cuffs. Machine sewn to the collar is a pair of Heer EM/NCO’s early collar tabs with pink colored center stripes. To the shoulder’s is a pair of matching sew in shoulder straps, early second model made of bottle green wool with pink wool branch color piping, bright rank tresse to all edges, two silvered rank alloy pip’s and silver washed “GD” cyphers, all pinned in place to each shoulder strap. Above the right breast pocket is a flatwire Officer/NCO’s BeVO breast eagle neatly hand sewn in place. Above the right french cuff is a 4’th pattern Grossdeutschland EM/NCO’s cuff title neatly hand sewn in place. Sewn to the left breast pocket is Award loops for three awards. There is also a Iron Cross 2’nd class 1939 ribbon and East front ribbon hand sewn to the second button hole.
Inside is partly lined with drill mouse grey brushed cotton. Sleeves are lined with silver grey rayon cloth. Dagger hanger sewn slash opening located to the left hip and the original dagger hanger still present. Lining is marked with black ink size stamp. Breast size 96, length 122 which tells this tunic was originally a greatcoat. There is also a black ink manufacturers stamp located above the size markings.
The tunic was as earlier mentioned a greatcoat later wartime very skilfully retailored to a M36 tunic. Collar with war time fashion pointed tips and early type collar tabs. Collar tabs and bright tresse indicates early war issue. What we know though is the greatcoat was produced 1940 in Berlin (stamped to the lining) and later resewn to fit a NCO. The cufftitle is the 4th pattern, which was introduced mid 1944. Either the cuff title was added later or was the retailoring made 1944 as best dress / walking out / instructors tunic.
The tunic shows light and even signs of use and age. All in all a great tunic with clear colors and perfectly matching insignias. We find no signs of any previous sewn insignias.
In our opinion a completely untouched Grossdeutschland tunic. Still a tunic which will be met with different opinions regarding restored or not. Priced accordingly!!