Original German WWII Recruiting Unteroffizier M35 Dress Tunic Waffenrock - Wehrkreis IX

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Scarce German Army Recruiting Full Dress Waffenrock Parade Uniform, fine example in field grey cloth with orange piped collar, collar litzen, piped front and cuffs. Tunic is complete with original orange piped shoulder boards with “IX” ciphers (Wehrkreis IX). Silver wire braid to the collar and cuffs. High quality lining to the interior of the tunic with an inside pocket. Orange piped uniforms are one of the hardest to find as was only worn by Army Recruiters and Feldgendarmerie which were small branches of the German army.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 9.5"                        
Shoulder to sleeve: 24.5"                    
Shoulder to shoulder: 16"                    
Chest width: 18"                    
Waist width: 16"                        
Hip width: 20.5"                            
Front length: 28.5"

During World War II, Germany had a system of military districts (German: Wehrkreis) to relieve field commanders of as much administrative work as possible and to provide a regular flow of trained recruits and supplies to the Field Army.

Wehrkreis IX - Kassel (parts of Thuringia and Hesse)

- Kassel I, Kassel II, Korbach, Marburg (Lahn), Hersfeld, Siegen, Wetzlar, Fulda, and Giessen

- Frankfurt am Main I, Frankfurt am Main II, Offenbach am Main, Aschaffenburg, Friedberg, Hanau

- Weimar, Sangerhausen, Gera, Rudolstadt, Mulhausen (Thuringia), Erfurt, Eisenach, Gotha, and Meiningen.

The M35 dress tunic was introduced for wear by all ranks on June 29TH 1935 as the walking out, parade and ceremonial dress with the piped, stone grey long pants. The design of the M35 dress tunic was based on the Imperial German army’s service tunic but was a different color and generally of much higher quality. Originally all personnel were issued two M35 dress tunics but manufacture was discontinued in late 1939 or early 1940 and was to be reinstated at the successful conclusion of the war. Regulations of March 21ST 1940 stated that the M35 dress tunics that were no longer suitable for dress wear were to be modified and reissued to personnel of the replacement and reserve units for every day wear. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive.
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