Original German WWII Kriegsmarine Evening Dress Reefer Jacket with Vest - Named Oberleutnant zur See
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a tailor made named German WWII evening dress Kriegsmarine reefer jacket with vest for the rank of Oberleutnant zur See. The short jacket for evening dress is constructed of fine blue wool with gold kriegsmarine buttons, gold ribbon rank cuffs, bullion stars on each sleeve and a wonderful bullion eagle to the right chest. The jacket is single breasted 4 button front. Medal award loops still present. Inside lining bear tailor label for LAFRENZE & KROLL of KIEL. Inside the inner pocket is a name label which also has the tailors as well as the owners name and a 1938 date. Also included is a 4 button vest with beautiful internal lining and silk back.
This is a high quality WW2 German Naval officer evening dress jacket offer in wonderful condition.
Oberleutnant zur See (OLt zS or OLZS in the German Navy, Oblt.z.S. in the Kriegsmarine) is traditionally the first and highest Lieutenant grade in the German Navy. It is grouped as OF-1a in NATO, equivalent to a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Navy, and a Sub-Lieutenant in the British Royal Navy
The rank was introduced in the Imperial German Navy by renaming the former rank of Premier Lieutenant in 1890. In navy context officers of this rank were simply addressed as Herr Oberleutnant. To distinguish naval officers from officers of the army, the suffix zur See (at sea) was added in official communication, sometimes shortened to z.S. or Oblt.z.S. The rank has since been used by the Reichsmarine, the Kriegsmarine, and the German Navy. In the Volksmarine the rank was originally used in the same way until the suffix zur See was dropped. In the Kriegsmarine engineers (Ingenieur - Ing.) of the same rank would be Oberleutnant (Ing.).
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