L018278 NCO'S DRILL/WORK TUNIC & TROUSERS.
BACKGROUND: The first HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), garments introduced for use by Luftwaffe EM/NCO personnel were the blue/grey drill and black work uniforms introduced in April 1936 and July 1937 respectively in order to conserve wear and tear on the wool and wool blend uniforms. Although the drill and work uniforms were designed for different functions both garments were almost identical in cut and construction. The HBT garments were favored by the troops and began to be worn in the field as a summer uniform. Generally the HBT garments utilized as the summer combat blouse followed the basic modifications of the standard issue wool garments. Regulations of September 27TH 1943 abolished the blue/grey and black HBT uniforms replacing them with a reed green HBT uniform as utilized by army personnel. The alteration to the reed green HBT uniforms was a time and cost saving measure eliminating the need for different colored uniforms for Luftwaffe and Army personnel. When utilized as a drill or work tunic the garments were issued with no insignia with only EM/NCO sleeve rank and collar trim insignia applied to denote the wearers rank. The drill uniforms were utilized for the duration of the war with minor modifications.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A tunic and trousers constructed of HBT that features a vertical, five button front closure with small fold back lapels, a single metal hook and eye at the neckline and a lay down collar. The front closure has the buttons on the right panel with corresponding hidden button holes on the left panel. The tunic has no exterior pockets. Tress is sewn to the corner points. The side panels each have five vertically aligned stitched eyelets positioned at the waistline for the belt support hooks. The belt support hooks are absent. The armpits each have three stitched ventilation eyelets. The tunic has straight cut non-adjustable sleeve cuffs with a pair of tress stripes to each cuff. The unlined interior has vertical, dual-ply reinforcement panels to both sides of the front closure and a single patch pocket to the left breast. The interior of the collar has three, zinc, dish buttons sewn, as well as a pair of small buttons and a button tab to the underside of the collar. The lay down collar has the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. The chest measures approximately 34". Included, are a pair of heavily used, straight legged trousers with a four button French fly, with an additional pair of buttons at the waist. There are eight black buttons sewn to the perimeter of the waist that measures approximately 39". The set shows various degrees of usage and wear.
GRADE ** PRICE $750.00
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