Original German WWII SS NCO Gas Protection Specialist Work Jack Drilljacke

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a rare German WWII SS Herring Bone Twill constructed Drilljacke (Drill Work Jacket) issued to an NCO in the SS Supply Corps. This used but very good condition Drilljacke features five pebbled front buttons which are removable. The buttons are manufacturer marked with the letters T & G on the underside. Jacket features a pair of shoulder boards with loops and light blue piping (SS Supply Corps) with sewn-on corporal's braids, SS Gas Protection NCO Specialist Sleeve Badge, and outline where SS sleeve eagle was once attached and Sergeant's collar piping. The interior has no marking (worn away) but it does have a prominent ink stamp that reads 49323 with a blue border. This is a stamp from the Moscow Film Studio where this jacket was acquired in the early 1990s. IMA purchased this jacket directly from the Russian citizen that purchased it from the film studio. The jacket is 100% authentic in every aspect despite having been the property of a film studio wardrobe department.

Approximate Tunic Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 8"
Shoulder to sleeve: 21"
Shoulder to shoulder: 15"
Chest width: 15"
Waist width: 15"
Hip width: 17"
Front length: 25"

During the reorganization of the army in April 1933, a new grey drill uniform or "Drillichanzug" - a direct descendent of the Reichheer's 'Moleskinanzu"- was released. The new outfit was composed of off-white, at times greyish linen tunic (Drillichjacke) and trousers 'Drillichose) with just the rank insignias on it. It was used by all recruits in quarters and was used exclusively as the working and campaign uniform by the troops. The tunic was furnished with five buttons, had a closed collar and two lower, no flap, bag pockets without buttons. It was hung by means of the inside waist strap.

Because of the conditions on the many fronts and the fact that conflicts quickly flared up across much of the Greater Germany landmass, the color of this fatigue uniform didn't really match the new camouflage concepts. Just after February 1940, orders were issued to produce these uniforms in olive green.

During the summer months, the drill uniform began to be used showing the same insignia and emblems as that used with the combat jacket in open contravention of regulations. It was a completely practical uniform that moved the Army Ministry to demand a new, specific, summer tunic in early 1942 for combat and duty job fashioned after the 'Feldbluse'.

Apparently, the advent of the new 1944 uniform affected the 'Drillich' although there is no record that an eventual summer version of this late uniform was ever developed.
By an order of February 12th, 1940 the Drilljacke had to be manufactured in green. This new version was very popular at the front during the summer as a cooler alternative to the combat jacket and also as an overall.
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