BACKGROUND: The importance of the German railway system was well appreciated by the Allies at the close of WWI, and the armistice signed at Compiègne on November 11TH 1918 included thirty-five clauses of which clause #7 demand five thousand railway locomotives and fifty thousand rail wagons from Germany to be delivered to the Allies. The Treaty of Versailles, signed in June 1919, also realized the potential of an efficient railway system and articles of the Treaty included total demilitarization and decentralizing of all German railways which resulted in the breakdown of a national German railway system leaving it in a state of disarray as the individual States became responsible for their own rail traffic. After Hitler’s accession to power in 1933 he immediately began a restructuring of the national railway system and by early 1937 had succeeded in achieving a centralized efficient National Railway. With this restructuring new uniforms and insignia were introduced for railway personnel circa 1933.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, deep navy blue doeskin wool tunic that features a six button front closure with dual hooks at the collar. To the inside of the collar are three brass studs for a removable collar. A pair of matching collar tabs and sewn in shoulder boards. Collar tabs have been replaced at some point, shoulder boards look to be original stitching. Tunic has two pleated patch breast pockets and two slightly diagonally angled slash hip pockets, all with scalloped button down flaps. Buttons are complete and most look to be original stitching as well. The chest measures approximately 40".

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