H013590 EM/NCO’S TROPICAL FIELD BLOUSE. (Tropen Feldbluse)

BACKGROUND: In late 1940, with the impending German entrance into the North African campaign, tropical uniforms and equipment were quickly developed and issued in time for DAK, Deutsches Afrika Korps, (German Africa Corps), personnel’s arrival in Tripoli in February 1941. Eventually these tropical uniforms would be issued to personnel serving in southern areas of continental Europe. The design of the tropical issued uniforms essentially adhered to the pattern of the field-grey continental uniforms, although in a different color and material, and also followed the same basic war time modifications. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive. Although Officer’s were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms it seems the majority of the tropical field blouses were issued from the military clothing depots as opposed to private purchase and as a result Officers quite often wore the same field blouses as the EM/NCO’s with the addition of Officer’s insignia.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early 1st pattern tropical Heer tunic, pleated pockets (small chest pockets on this first version) that is in very good service used condition. There is wear to both cuff edges and around the waist (where the belt would have rubbed). Still retains all factory stitched insignia. Only some faint traces of manufacturer and size details remain inside front button flap. All original buttons and S clips present. Roughly a chest size 36". A few small stains but in very appealing used condition.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $3,809.00

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