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Original German WWII Named Identified Major General Uniform Set - Generalmajor Ernst Graewe

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an incredible German WW2 Major General's uniform set named to Ernst Graewe. Grawe was a Major General of Artillery and Commander of rocket artillery troops during World War Two.

Ernst Graewe was born on July 14th, 1894 in Koblenz, Germany. On August 26th, 1913 he joined the Army as a Fahnenjunker at age of 19, in the 13th Foot Artillery Regiment. He fought in the trenches of the Great War was wounded twice and sent to hospital. After WWI Graewe remained in the new Reichswehr. At the outbreak of World War II his rank was Oberstleutnant and became commander of the 2nd Battalion of the 72nd Artillery Regiment, under Generalleutnant der Pioniere, Kommandeur Heeresgruppe Süd, Gustav Boehringer, who was wounded in the July 20th, 1944 attack on AH.

Graewe became the commander of the 1st Rocket Artillery Battalion on September 9th, 1940 and of the 51st Rocket Artillery Regiment to on August 21st, 1942. He landed in the Führer Reserve and detached to the Rocket Artillery Troop School in Celle. He gained the rank of Generalmajor on January 30th, 1945. Graewe’s final command was of the Rocket Artillery Troops of the Replacement Army. He was captured by the Allies on August 5th, 1945.

Released in 1947, he lived in Wiesbaden, where he died at the age of 91, on February 18th, 1966. He is buried with his wife Annie, born Von Cramer, who died age 52, March 13th, 1956 on the Nordfriedhof of Wiesbaden. His grave stone can be found at this link and his full service record can be found at this link. Further information and photos of Graewe can be found at this link.

This uniform set consists of a Tunic, Breeches and Visor Cap. The Tunic is the only piece that is named to Major General Ernst Grawe and is 100% authentic to WWII as are the breeches. The visor cap manufactured by EREL is comprised of original WWII parts but we believe was put together postwar, we include the cap with this uniform set in order to complete the look at an affordable price.

The Tunic: A private purchased Wehrmacht Heer Generalmajor Dienstbluse. It is constructed from a fine quality field-gray wool woven exterior, with a silk-rayon blended interior lining. The collar is constructed of dark forest green wool that is lined in red piping. The collar is adorned by a set of Generalmajor collar tabs, constructed of gold aluminum bullion wire embroidery in a “scrambled egg” shape.

Each shoulder is decorated with the sew-on style Generalmajor rank shoulder boards. They are both constructed out of a row of interwoven silver and gold bullion strands in the typical Russian braid style in an interlocking weave pattern ending at a pebbled gild metal (magnetic) button.

On the right breast is a fine quality gold bullion eagle, constructed of rolled, twisted, and flat hand embroidered gilt stitching, placed onto a dark green wool backing.

The front of the tunic bears four stylized scalloped pockets, two per breast, each closed by a pebbled gilt metal button. Above the top left pocket are three stitched loops to accommodate a medal ribbon bar which is also present, with for more stitches on the left pocket to accommodate decorations with a horizontal pinback. The breasts of the jacket are closed by seven gilt pebbled metal buttons. The French style cuffs are held securely in place by stitching.

The interior features a silky smooth texture by the rayon-blended material, is met at the arms by a white and dark blue and purple pinstripes liner constructed of identical material. There is an inter packet with tailor label from H.H Dohmessen & Co. Berlin Hermann Goringstr. 4. In hand written ink is the name Ernst Graewe as well as a 1943 date. There is no mothing or noticeable wear. The size is approximately a US 36". It is wonderfully preserved and is in an overall extremely fine condition.

The Breeches: WWII German Army Generals Breeches. These are in mint, unissued condition! They are produced in field grey ribbed wool. The twin red stripes down each leg are badge cloth. The lower legs have button closures from calf down. There are slash type hip pockets with a watch pocket and a single rear pocket that has a scalloped, button flap. There is a three button fly with a metal hook and loop closure. There are cinch straps at the hips. The interior has a patterned white/grey rayon reinforcement at the waist with white heavy-duty cloth pocket bags. The waist is a size 33" and the legs measure 37" in length. Excellent!

The Visor Cap: Original German WWII Army Heer Officer Visor Cap by EREL which is double marked. Everything about this visor cap is WW2 with the exception of the gold General's piping which was added post war. This is a near excellent condition EREL Officer's Schirmmütze Visor Cap. This is a very high quality manufactured visor. Fabricated in Army green gray wool, with wide dark green wool cap band, plus three rows of gold bullion (postwar) piping around the circumference. The peak visor cap retains matching genuine WW2 produced gilt eagle with swas and genuine WW2 produced gilt oak leaves (added post war), along with a metal cockade with red felt center (a very rare EREL feature, as most cockades were ventilated by this manufacturer). The gold chinstrap is authentic to WWII but added post war.

The cap is lined with deep golden-yellow silk and shows a near full-celluloid diamond bearing the silver-blocked Erel trademark. The leather sweatband with a ventilated front and Erel maker-name to the side. Size of this cap is approximately 58cm.

Overall a fantastic eye catching genuine World War Two German General's uniform offered at a reasonable price. Perfect for further research and exploration.
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