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ONSV21CDS1

Original German WWII 3rd Pattern Heer Panzer Wrap

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Original Item Only One Available. This Enlisted Man's Panzer Wrapper is incredible and offered in excellent condition that could be the centerpiece of a collection of wartime German Army uniforms. It’s a textbook, 3rd pattern wrapper, made of a typical wartime black wool. The wool retains all of the original nap, and shows little signs of wear. This gorgeous wrapper is complete with all of its original, factory applied insignia. The breast eagle is Bevo (machine woven) construction, with a white eagle on a black rayon backing. Its neatly hand sewn to the wrap. The collar tabs are nicely pink wool piping bordered. The slip-on black wool shoulder straps are piped in pink indicating Panzer (tank) division. The inside of this incredible Panzer wrapper is pristine and features grey cotton lining. It’s well marked, with B. II 39 and size stamps all stamped in black ink. This is a very impressive and extremely rare piece that is almost unobtainable in this condition.

Panzer wraps are extremely rare because the armored corps made up only a small percentage of the Wehrmacht. The high amount of losses in the Panzer units is another reason remaining original examples ultra scarce. The garment would be a centerpiece in any uniform display and one-looker original panzer wraps like this one are very, very hard to find.

The first German tank, called a “Panzer” (for “armor”), appeared in 1918. In the interwar years, German military strategists discussed how this new weapon should be employed on future battlefields. The first Panzer Divisions were formed in 1935. The German approach to tanks was generally different from the concepts of other militaries. In the Wehrmacht, Panzers would lead operations. They would be able to conduct operations independently from other units. This innovative approach was a crucial part of the German “Blitzkrieg” strategy, that yielded great German victories in the early years of World War II. The Wehrmacht attempted to achieve further successes with Panzers by constantly introducing new and better tanks with greater destructive capabilities, or other armored fighting vehicles suited for more specialized roles. Eventually, the German Army would field nearly 50 Panzer Divisions; the Waffen-SS had an additional 7 Panzer divisions, and even the Luftwaffe had a Panzer division of their own. These were elite units, often engaged in constant combat on all fronts. Panzer crews wore distinctive black uniforms with deaths-head collar patches, and matching black field caps. Many Panzer commanders in the Heer and SS were highly successful in combat, and some even became well-known personalities in wartime Germany. Surviving material related to Panzer troops is extremely sought-after and collectible today.
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