Original German WWII Kriegsmarine Kapitänleutnant Officers White Summer Uniform Tunic with Banded Collar

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Original Item: Only One Available. The Kriegsmarine was the navy of NSDAP Germany from 1935 to 1945. It superseded the Imperial German Navy of the German Empire (1871–1918) and the inter-war Reichsmarine (1919–1935) of the Weimar Republic. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches, along with the Heer and the Luftwaffe, of the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces from 1935 to 1945.

This very nice condition summer uniform tunic is fabricated from white cotton, and features a "banded collar", with no fold down portion or lapels, giving a very sleek look when worn. There are four pockets on the front with scalloped flaps, one on each breast and larger ones at the waist on both sides. Each is designed with a decorative pleat and gilt Kriegsmarine buttons, each of which is maker marked and are held in place by clips on the inside of the pocket embedded in the pleat. The front of the jacket has a vertical row of six Kriegsmarine gilt buttons, also maker marked held in place by clips on the underside and visible on the inside of the tunic under a flap.

The right breast above the pocket is enriched with a Summer Kriegsmarine Metal breast eagle insignia pin held in place via two vertically-aligned vertical loops in white threading for the pin, with a horizontal loop below for the hook on the bottom. There are additional thread loops over and on the left breast pocket, for awards not included on the uniform. There is no size or maker mark inside the tunic, just a small label reading 50 in red on the back of the collar.

The officers Schulterstücken (Shoulder boards) of this tunic are constructed with two rows of fine silver flatware "Russia Braid" double piping and have the correct navy blue backing for the Kriegsmarine field uniforms. They are the type that slides through a slot in the shoulder seam, and is held in place by a wider piece on the end, with the other end attached to the button on the uniform. There are two rank "pips", indicating a Kapitänleutnant, a rank equivalent to a U.S. Navy Lieutenant. Interestingly, there are thin blue and red chevrons woven into the Russia Braid, which was the style used during WWI with the Kaiserliche Marine, and probably during the Weimar period..

A very nice German WWII Kriegsmarine Officers White Summer Tunic, ready to dress up with some awards and display!

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WWII Kriegsmarine

In violation of the Treaty of Versailles, the Kriegsmarine grew rapidly during German naval rearmament in the 1930s. The 1919 treaty had limited the size of the German navy and prohibited the building of submarines

Kriegsmarine ships were deployed to the waters around Spain during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) under the guise of enforcing non-intervention, but in reality supported the Nationalists against the Spanish Republicans.

In January 1939, Plan Z, a massive ship-building program, was ordered, calling for surface naval parity with the British Royal Navy by 1944. When World War II broke out in September 1939, Plan Z was shelved in favour of a crash building program for submarines (U-boats) instead of capital surface warships, and land and air forces were given priority of strategic resources.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine (as for all branches of armed forces during the period of absolute NSDAP power) was AH, who exercised his authority through the Oberkommando der Marine ("High Command of the Navy").

The Kriegsmarine's most significant ships were the U-boats, most of which were constructed after Plan Z was abandoned at the beginning of World War II. Wolfpacks were rapidly assembled groups of submarines which attacked British convoys during the first half of the Battle of the Atlantic but this tactic was largely abandoned by May 1943 when U-boat losses mounted. Along with the U-boats, surface commerce raiders (including auxiliary cruisers) were used to disrupt Allied shipping in the early years of the war, the most famous of these being the heavy cruisers Admiral Graf Spee and Admiral Scheer and the battleship Bismarck. However, the adoption of convoy escorts, especially in the Atlantic, greatly reduced the effectiveness of surface commerce raiders against convoys.

Following the end of World War II in 1945, the Kriegsmarine's remaining ships were divided up among the Allied powers and were used for various purposes including minesweeping. Some were loaded with superfluous chemical weapons and scuttled.

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