K015275 EM/NCO'S WHITE WORK/TROPICAL LONG PANTS.(Arbeits/Tropenhose)
BACKGROUND: German Naval uniforms and headgear were based on traditional designs that date back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848, and although the uniforms and headgear did evolve during the interim years, many items used during the Third Reich would still have been quite recognizable to the Imperial sailor. The white work uniform was originally introduced into the Prussian Navy and was carried over into the Reichsmarine and eventually the Kriegsmarine with minor variations. The white work uniform for EM and Junior NCO ranks consisted of a white shirt and pants and a white jacket for the Junior NCO’s and was utilized as the standard uniform for shipboard, barracks and infantry drill duties. Regulations of February 5TH 1940 discontinued issue of the white work shirt for Junior NCO’s to be replaced with the blue jumper shirt but the white pants continued to be utilized. The German navy also had a long tradition of brown and white tropical/landing dress that was worn in hot climates with the white uniform also serving as a walking out dress. The tradition was continued through the Weimar era and in 1929 the Reichsmarine introduced new brown and white tropical/landing dress uniforms with stand-up collars. In 1937 the Kriegsmarine introduced new style brown and white tropical uniforms with lay down collars. With the impending entrance into the North African campaign in late 1940 the Kriegsmarine developed another new tropical brown uniform independently from the Heer and Luftwaffe, but retained the 1937 pattern white uniform. The work pants and the tropical white pants were of basically identical design.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Standard issue, light weight, white, cotton/rayon blend construction work/tropical pants. All complete with original buttons. Excellent B.A.K. issue markings with a 1940 date. The pants are roughly size 34" waist. Near mint with only the expected light age.
GRADE ****1/2 PRICE $249.00
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