Original German WWII Luftwaffe Obergefreiter Flight Blouse Fliegerbluse Tunic with Marksmanship Lanyard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This WW2 German Luftwaffe Airman First Class (Obergefreiter) Four Pocket Service Tunic is in very good condition. This great piece is produced in blue grey wool and shows typical age and wear. All buttons are silver finished pebbled aluminum and back marked. The collar tabs are neatly hand applied. The tabs are dark yellow cloth with three gulls. The sew in shoulder boards have dark yellow piping. The bullion embroidered breast eagle is applied by hand as is the Technical Aviation Personnel (Fliegertechnisches Personal) rating patch on the left sleeve. Nice tailor label to the back of the neck.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to Shoulder: 9"
Shoulder to Sleeve: 22.5"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18.5"
Chest width: 18"
Waist width: 16"
Hip width: 19"
Front length: 25"

The Luftwaffe, the air force of the German military during the Third Reich, was established in 1935. Over the next 10 years, Luftwaffe troops wore a huge variety of uniforms. Enlisted men generally wore uniforms issued from military depots. Most enlisted soldiers had wool trousers and a short jacket with two internal lower pockets, called a Fliegerbluse, as well as a dressier 4-pocket tunic, the Tuchrock. Officers wore the same general uniform styles, but as officers had to supply their own uniforms, they usually wore tailor made versions. There were also myriad varieties of specialized uniforms worn by certain units or in specific situations, from the tuxedo-style “gala” formal wear uniform of the pre-war period, to the plain coveralls worn by crews of anti-aircraft cannons. There were work uniforms, tropical and summer uniforms, and camouflage clothing for airborne troops and other Luftwaffe soldiers in ground combat. Flight crews had their own specialized gear, including leather jackets and warm, electrically heated suits. Most but not all Luftwaffe uniform jackets bore the Luftwaffe emblem of a flying eagle holding a swas.

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